Fly tipper brought to justice

Published Wednesday, 1st July 2015
Rotherham law courts
Rotherham Law Courts

A Rotherham Council tenant has been prosecuted and fined £1,000 for failing to clear a large amount of rubbish in his garden.

Keith Lickorish, of New Street, Laughton-en-le-Morthern, failed to attend court on 19 June 2015 and was found guilty in his absence by Rotherham Magistrates, who also ordered him to pay costs of £391.52.

The case was brought to court when an Enforcement Officer from Rotherham Council’s Community Protection Unit investigated a complaint from residents in September 2014.

The garden was scattered with dog faeces, bags of household waste and abandoned metal and plastic items. An abatement notice was served giving Lickorish 14 days to clean up. Despite several reminders, Mr Lickorish failed to make any attempt to comply with the notice and so the decision was taken to prosecute him.

Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads, and Enforcement Cllr Kath Sims said she hoped the case would serve as a warning to tenants and residents alike.

She added, "It is unfair on other residents to be expected to put up with that kind of mess in their neighbourhood. If people do not take the care to deal with their household waste properly then we will take them to court."