A Nottinghamshire fly-tipper tried to evade the courts by claiming he had an identical twin.
Paul Henry disposed of 14 tyres on a layby in Mapperley on Valentine’s Day last year, which was witnessed by a member of the public who then contacted Gedling Borough Council with a description of Henry and the number plate of the vehicle he used.
Neighbourhood Wardens traced the vehicle back to Henry and invited him for interview, but Henry tried to divert them by giving them old addresses and even claiming to be his own twin. He was eventually tracked down thanks to the hard work of the wardens, in conjunction with the police and Department of Work and Pensions, and served with the court papers.
Henry, of Harmston Rise, Nottingham, pleaded not guilty to the offence at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. At the trial, the eyewitness stated that he saw black items being thrown out of the back of the van into a ditch, which Henry denied but was later found guilty.
He was ordered to wear an electronic tag and comply with a curfew order for eight weeks from 8pm to 7am daily. He was also ordered to pay £460 prosecution costs, £250 costs for the clean-up of the fly-tip and a £60 victim surcharge.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “This is a great example of a member of the public standing up against fly tippers.
“If it wasn’t for the testimony of the witness and the excellent investigative work of our wardens, we would have struggled to get a conviction. “We hope this will show people that if they do see something, tell us and we will do everything we can to prosecute these people.”