Two people have been jailed for fly tipping offences in Knowsley.
Joanne Raven and Clifford Jones, both of Bracken Court in St Helens, were sentenced at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court to eight weeks each behind bars after two incidents of fly tipping in summer 2016.
The successful prosecution follows an investigation by Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health team.
42 year-old Raven and 54 year-old Jones advertised their services via Facebook for removing rubbish.
After Raven and Jones accepted payment to remove domestic waste from two properties outside Knowsley, the rubbish – which included sensitive information – was found dumped by a popular footpath and cycleway at Flukers Brook in Prescot.
In the second incident, the pair – and an unidentified male – approached the landlord of a Liverpool pub which had been undergoing refurbishment. They arranged to remove waste from the pub, including beer bottles, pumping equipment, cardboard and bin bags.
The waste was dumped on private land in St Helens. Following a complaint to the pub landlord by the landowner in St Helens, the waste was removed by Jones and an unidentified male and then dumped on public land at Alder Lane in Prescot.
The pub landlord was issued with a fixed penalty notice for failing to dispose of the waste correctly.
Raven and Jones both pleaded guilty in court to fly tipping offences. Jones also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order requesting information on the unidentified male.
The pair were also each ordered to pay £250 costs and £125 victim surcharge.
A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said:
“I’m pleased that these offenders have received such heavy punishments for fly tipping in Knowsley and these jail terms should serve as a warning to others.
“Fly tipping is simply unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in Knowsley. It is dangerous, damages the environment and costs a huge amount of money for us to clean up. We will always investigate fly tipping incidents and push for the toughest punishments for offenders.
“I would encourage anyone with information about fly tipping in the borough to report it to us via the Knowsley Council website.”