THE borough council secured its second successful fly-tipping prosecution thanks to the use of CCTV cameras.
Stephen Taylor, who lived in Neston at the time of the incident, was captured on camera on Sunday, November 11 dumping two settees and a glass-topped table and chairs.
He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £500 costs to the council at Chester Magistrates Court on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to dumping the furniture.
The council’s CCTV equipment recorded him committing the offence at 5.44pm at Long Acres Road, Neston.
The council’s environmental crime team were then able to trace his car using the police national computer which it has access to.
Taylor was arrested in the early hours of Thursday, March 6 after failing to attend court on March 4.
Head of the council’s environmental protection unit Mike Whittaker said: “We will continue to carry out these covert operations around the borough where there is a threat from the illegal practice of fly-tipping using all available powers at our disposal.
“What was particularly pleasing with this case was that, even though Mr Taylor had failed to register his vehicle, we were still able to trace the owner back through the sales history of the vehicle and reach a satisfactory conclusion to the case.”
He added: “I do believe that our actions have the support of borough residents. The clean-up operation required to remove fly-tipping costs each and every one of the borough’s residents.
“As well as being dangerous and harmful to people’s health, dumped rubbish spoils our enjoyment of the environment and can cause serious pollution. It can attract arson and more fly-tipping and can be dangerous for wildlife.”