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Fly-tipper caught on camera dumping asbestos in Whittle-le-Woods
10:17am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A fly-tipper was caught on CCTV dumping corrugated roofing down the side of a garage, a court heard.
It comes as Chorley Council launched a crackdown on illegal rubbish dumping and pledged to take offenders to court.
Ryan Clough, 26, who then tried to conceal the sheets with leaves, was told he could be facing jail by Leyland magistrates, in relation the incident off Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods.
Clough admitted a fly-tipping offence, in a prosecution brought by Chorley Council, and was bailed until next Wednesday for a pre-sentence report. All options, including custody, will be considered at the next hearing.
Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees environmental health issues at the council, said: “Flytipping is a blight on the landscape.
“People do it because they think they can get away with it or because they can’t be bothered to go to the waste recycling centre.
“They won’t get away it. We are methodical in tracing these people and we have a policy of taking them through the legal process.
“A custodial sentence may act as a deterrent but that’s up TO the courts to decide.”
Magistrates heard a resident of Chorley Old Road discovered the fly-tipping on February 2 after noticing a pile of leaves had been disturbed at the side of his garage.
After investigating the leaves, he found that roofing had been dumped underneath.
He then checked CCTV that he has installed on the property and found that a silver Mk5 Vauxhall Astra estate pulled up on to his drive on three occasions in a single day.
While pretending to work on the engine, two men were seen waiting until nobody was passing before removing the roofing from the roof rack and dumping it at the side of the garage.
One of the men then noticed the camera and concealed the sheets with leaves.
Clough, of Highfield Crescent in Nelson, was later traced through DVLA records from the vehicle’s registration number.