Cameras catch homeowner who dumped rubbish at Leeds hotspot

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A fly-tipper has been ordered to pay up nearly £1,000 after being caught red-handed on CCTV.

Peter Morris of Naseby Gardens, Burmantofts, Leeds, admitted the offence when he appeared at Leeds magistrates court.

He was fined £160 and must pay costs totalling £830.

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The court heard Morris dumped rubbish from work carried out at his home in a flytipping hotspot on Telephone Place in the Sheepscar area.

In a bid to deter offenders, Leeds City Council had installed CCTV cameras at the site days before the incident.

Warning signs that the cameras were in operation, in line with strict guidelines over the use of CCTV.

Despite this, Morris still illegally abandoned the waste and was prosecuted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “People get fed up of our streets being used as unofficial dumping grounds and we don’t have the resources to continually pay for the clear-up costs so we’ll use all the tools at our disposal to catch flytippers. When we deploy our CCTV cameras, we make sure the appropriate warning signs are in place so there really is no excuse when we catch you red-handed.”

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