A FORMER Kirkby man has become the first person in Ashfield to be jailed for fly-tipping.
Joel Marshall, formerly of Hodgkinson Road, was sentenced to 28 days in prison after admitting dumping hazardous waste from a skip on to a car park in Hucknall town centre.
Marshall, whose address was given in court as Mill Lane, Pinxton, was prosecuted by Ashfield District Council after officers discovered he had taken the skip.
The council had been investigating the skip and trying to find its owners due to its hazardous contents when they discovered the skip had been stolen by Marshall.
Nottingham magistrates were told that when he was interviewed under caution he admitted dumping the waste.
In court, he also admitted unrelated offences of driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance while on bail for the fly-tipping offence.
He was sentenced to 28 days in jail for the fly-tipping offence and received a 126-day term for driving while disqualified.
He also received an 18-month driving ban and will serve his sentence concurrently.
Council bosses have welcomed the punishment given to Marshall for the fly-tipping.
Said Edd de Coverly, head of neighbourhood service: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence and this case shows it carries a serious penalty, which ultimately could be up to five years imprisonment and a £50,000 fine. “
“The council’s neighbourhood enforcement officers work tirelessly to investigate fly-tipping cases and this prosecution recognises the real public health risk that this case created.”