Former restaurant owner fined for illegally dumping waste

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A fly-tipping restaurant owner was shocked when magistrates’ handed him a £5,000 fine

The former director of a Bradford restaurant has been fined almost £5,000 in magistrates’ court for illegally dumping waste from his Leeds Road restaurant on to a nearby road.

The 39-year-old business owner was caught via CCTV camera offloading a significant amount of commercial waste in Birksland Street and Mount Street, near Leeds Road in August 2015. The culprit used a Vauxhall Vivaro van to dump the rubbish. The CCTV footage shows the van’s registration plate number, which investigators used to track down the restaurant owner.

The CCTV footage shows a second man pouring a flammable liquid over the bags of waste before setting the heap on fire, causing an explosion. The van returns twice to offload yet more rubbish onto the burning pile.

The defendant apologised in Bradford Magistrates’ Court: “I tried to get rid of the rubbish. I’m sorry for that. I’ve not had any criminal convictions in my life. I have never done anything like this before.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was given a £4,000 fine by the magistrates; he was also ordered to pay costs totalling £888, which includes a bill for the clean-up operation. The defendant was shocked by the heavy fine but was told by the magistrates’ court legal advisor: “If you are not happy with the decision you can apply to appeal to the crown court. They (the magistrates) could have fined you £25,000.”

Councillor Val Slater, deputy leader at Bradford Council, said that the council wants to send out a clear message and will prosecute anybody who is caught fly-tipping.

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