Night in a police cell for tipping offence

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A Doncaster man has spent a night behind bars as punishment for disposing of domestic waste illegally.

Doncaster Council began an investigation last July after a council enforcement officer on a routine patrol discovered fly tipped waste, including cardboard boxes and carpets, along Carr Side Lane, Hatfield.

The source of the waste was traced to the home of 26-year-old Craig Hoffmann, of Broadway, Dunscroft, who admitted he had paid an unknown man £20 to remove the waste.

Hoffman was summoned to appear before Doncaster magistrates for prosecution under Section 34(2) of the Environmental Protection Act, but did not attend and so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hoffmann surrendered himself to the police and was kept in custody overnight before being appearing before District Judge Jonathan Bennett and pleading guilty.

Judge Bennett said a night in custody was an effective punishment for an offence people ‘are fed up seeing’ and handed Hoffmann a 12-month conditional discharge.

He said, had it not been for his time spent in custody, Hoffmann would have received a large fine.

The council was awarded £368 costs £368.

Coun Joe Blackham, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “It is an offence to use someone who is not officially registered as a waste carrier to dispose of unwanted items.

“Please be aware it is the householder’s responsibility to check whether they are genuine or not.”