Fly-tipper illegally dumped rubbish all over Plymouth
A SERIAL fly-tipper dumped rubbish all over Plymouth, a court heard.
Stephen Saint, aged 52, left waste including roofing, furniture, carpet, rubble and topsoil in industrial estates, outside homes and in a car park, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Saint, of Berkshire Drive, Ford, admitted seven offences of fly-tipping between February and December 2011.
He left controlled waste at sites without a waste management licence.
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He also admitted failing to produce documents to a council official.
Saint dumped rubbish at the YMCA car park in Honicknowle Lane, Bell Close industrial estate in Plympton, Farm Lane in Honicknowle, Drake Business Park in Estover and at three different private addresses in Grassendale Road, North Prospect.
Judge Paul Darlow adjourned sentence until February 15 for a probation officer to prepare a short report on his background.
He said: "I make no promises one way or the other. All options remain open."
Saint has a previous conviction for fly-tipping.
Plymouth Crown Court heard in July 2011 that he was paid £60 by a neighbour to dispose of his waste – but instead he dumped it at Bovisand Lane in Honicknowle. He was ordered to pay £500 costs.
A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said after the case: "Investigating fly-tipping cases is difficult and time-consuming, as it is extremely hard to obtain the relevant evidence for a prosecution.
"On this case we have been helped by members of the public and land owners, some of which have had to spend time and money clearing their sites."