Man fined for 'expensive menace' in Mansfield

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A man has been placed under a three-month curfew after being convicted of fly-tipping.

Kieron Mulhall, 27, of Burton Court, Bilsthorpe, admitted the offence during a hearing at Mansfield magistrates' court last Thursday.

The charge was in relation to waste found by one of Mansfield District Council's neighbourhood wardens in Eakring Road, Mansfield, last June.

Magistrates imposed a three-month community order with a curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am. They also ordered Mulhall to pay clear-up costs of £84.53, legal costs of £285 and community safety costs of £166.49.

After the case, Councillor Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection at the council, said: "Fly-tipping is an expensive menace for the district council and this is a cost that ultimately falls on council taxpayers. Where we can track down and prosecute the culprits, we certainly will. I am pleased that in this case, clean-up costs were awarded against the offender.

"Residents who need to dispose of rubbish must remember that they have a duty to ensure that they use a licensed waste carrier with verifiable contact details, otherwise they could be the one facing a summons if that waste is later found to be fly-tipped."

The council investigated 1,914 fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15. Of the 1,914 investigated incidents, 1,060 were cleared by the authority’s cleansing department at a cost of £48,956. The total figure investigated included 854 on private land, which the council has no duty of responsibility to clear.