A women has been fined £400 after hiring a 'man with a van' which led to her rubbish being fly-tipped.
A sofa, baby carrier, mattress and other household goods were found dumped behind Grange Road in Newark in the illegal tip-run in Nottinghamshire.
Newark and Sherwood District Council said an investigation of the rubbish traced the debris back to its owner, and she was fined for failing to take the appropriate steps to stop it from being fly-tipped.
They say rogue rubbish collectors advertise their services on social media sites by posing as legitimate waste removal services, but often just dump their collections on other people’s land or in public.
“This case serves as an example that if you pay for your waste to be taken away and don’t check where it’s going, you are running the risk of a fine or prosecution yourself. Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and takes time and money to clear up. We are only too aware that the lockdown period has meant a lot of residents have accumulated additional waste but we all still have to take responsibility. It is absolutely crucial that people avoid giving these items to potentially unlicensed waste removal services.