A fly-tipper who cost Rother taxpayers hundreds of pounds has been brought to justice.
Luke Lelliot, of Chilean Green, Ninfield, was charged with three counts of fly-tipping and sentenced on April 1 after pleading guilty to the offences.
The 30-year-old was caught after an investigation into piles of rubbish dumped in Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea in April 2014.
Investigating officers from Rother District Council were able to find evidence within the fly-tipped rubbish that led to the arrest of Lelliot.
Appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court, he was given a 20 week custodial sentence suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
Fines imposed by the court included £1,186.66 costs awarded to the council and a victim surcharge of £80.
A rare dragonfly is now known to be much more widely distributed in West Sussex, following surveys by the Arun and Rother Connections (ARC) project. It found that the population of the Common Club-tail is expanding around the Arun and Rother rivers.
The Common Club-tail is very unusual in Sussex and is listed as a vulnerable species in the UK.The distinctive yellow and black dragonfly is under threat from water pollution and habitat loss.