A WREXHAM businessman has been fined £100 for a fly-tipping offence in Chirk.
Michael Pugh, of J & P Garden Services, Holt Road, pleaded guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court.
On top of the fine, he was ordered to pay costs of £90 to the Environment Agency Wales, which brought the prosecution.
Pugh was caught on camera on November 26, 2002, by agency video surveillance being carried out at Colliery Road, Chirk.
He was seen depositing vegetation waste at a lay-by on Colliery Road, which is situated at the entrance to a country park.
The court heard that Pugh had claimed he was depositing the waste as a favour for a friend, but the site has clear signs stating 'no tipping'.
Wrexham Council provides a manned skip on Wednesdays and Saturdays for householders to deposit waste, but finds problems with householders and traders leaving waste at all times.
This waste is deposited on the concrete entrance and the grassed area and creates an eyesore in this rural location.
After the case, an agency spokesman said: 'This prosecution is important as it sends a clear message to other people who may be thinking of fly-tipping waste.
'At this site, there is a skip provided on two days of the week. This skip is not to be used by traders, who must dispose of their waste at a fully licensed facility.
'Waste should not be left on the ground and this prosecution shows that the agency will seek to take action against those found to be committing the offence.'
Anyone who sees pollution, illegal tipping of waste, poaching, fish in distress or danger to the natural environment can contact the agency's emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free and will be treated in the strictest confidence.