Sutton Bridge man fined by magistrates after rubbish dumped in village brings new warning about 'waste cowboys'
Magistrates have sent a message about the "absolute menace" of so-called "waste cowboys" after a Sutton Bridge man was ordered to pay total fines of £625.
Jordan Hughes, of Queen Street, Sutton Bridge, was dealt with by Boston magistrates earlier this month for dumping waste in the village between May 25 and June 26 this year.
Hughes was also dealt for not co-operating with an environmental enforcement officer for South Holland District Council.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, the council's portfolio holder for waste management, said: "As a principle, we do like to catch anybody who is responsible for fly-tipping.
"But it's especially satisfying if we can catch the fly-tipper and punish them as severely as possible because it sends the right message out to those who are offering waste removal services, only to fly-tip it.
"These 'man with a van' services are an absolute menace and they are on the rise.
"Blaming it on councils cutting back on recycling services is nonsense when most of the waste is from people who should be paying to have it taken away for what is a modest amount, compared to the sum paid for an item.
"I'm extremely glad that someone has been caught and punished, as much as I'm pleased to see that the courts are on our side.
"But it's an uphill battle and so I encourage people who see anything, as long as it's safe to do so, let us know as soon as possible."