A Dunscroft man has spent a night behind bars as punishment for disposing of domestic waste illegally. It follows a prosecution by Doncaster Council.
Last July a council enforcement officer on a routine patrol discovered fly tipped waste along Carr Side Lane in Hatfield. Items found included cardboard boxes and carpet.
Following an investigation the source of the waste was traced to the home of 26 year old Craig Hoffmann of Broadway, Dunscroft. Hoffmann admitted that he had paid an unknown man £20 to remove the waste and that he had not seen a waste carrier license.
Hoffman was summoned to appear at Doncaster Magistrates Court on 9 December 2013 for prosecution under Section 34(2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He did not attend and so a warrant was issued for his arrest. Following this Hoffmann surrendered himself to the police and was kept in custody overnight before being appearing before District Judge Bennett on 16 January 2014 and pleading guilty.
DJ Bennett felt that the night in custody was an effective punishment for an offence that people “are fed up seeing” and Hoffmann was given a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months. The judge said that had it not been for his time spent in custody, Hoffmann would have received a large fine. Doncaster Council was awarded costs of £368.77 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: “Doncaster Council has a zero tolerance policy on all forms of crime and anti-social behaviour. It is an offence to use someone who is not officially registered as a waste carrier to dispose of unwanted items. Please be aware that it is the householder’s responsibility to check whether they are genuine or not.”