Hull man trading as Arthur Clobber gets community order for fly-tipping offence

Thu, 17 Oct 2019

A Hull man who traded under the name of Arthur Clobber has been given a 12-month community order after he pleaded guilty to a fly-tipping offence in Cottingham.

Craig Winstanley, 37, of Hessle Road, Hull appeared at Hull Magistrates Court on Monday, 14 October where he pleaded guilty to one charge of fly-tipping on or around 6 August 2018, as well as failing to surrender to bail.

The court heard how a member of the public from Hull had come across Winstanley, trading as Arthur Clobber, on Facebook after looking for someone to collect and dispose of excess household waste.

The householder asked Winstanley if he was a registered waste carrier to which he sent a photograph showing his company’s name on the back of a waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency.

Feeling she had taken reasonable steps to ensure the waste would be disposed of correctly, the householder paid Winstanley £40 to take the waste away.

Several days later on 6, August 2018 the waste was found dumped in a farmer’s field on Willerby Low Road, Cottingham.

Officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s environmental control team traced Winstanley and charged him with fly-tipping.

He was due to appear at magistrates’ court in June but failed to attend and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Winstanley was arrested and brought to court where he was given a 12 month community order with a requirement to complete 120 hours of unpaid work for the fly-tipping offence and 20 hours of unpaid with work for failing to surrender to bail.

He was ordered to pay full costs of £1,309.86 and a victim surcharge of £90.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The homeowner did ask about a waste carriers licence but it is important to ask to see the original copy of the waste carrier’s licence which a responsible carrier will be happy to show you.

“People should also make sure they get a waste transfer note from the carrier taking the waste as well as asking the question about where the waste is being taken.

“This note will give a description of the waste, details of the person whose waste it is, and details of the licensed waste carrier taking the waste.

“A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants the business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.”

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