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Chesterfield man carpeted by fine

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A Chesterfield man has been ordered to pay more than £400 after illegally dumping a carpet.

In a case brought by Chesterfield Borough Council heard at North Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 25 November John Holmes, 66, of Byron Road in Chesterfield pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste on land without a permit under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Holmes was caught on CCTV illegally dumping a number of rolls and pieces of carpet on the McGregors Way public car park in Chesterfield in May 2015. 

He was identified after the CCTV footage was obtained from a neighbouring property.  

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "We take a very serious view of anyone found dumping rubbish illegally and we will take enforcement action – including through the courts where appropriate.

"Anyone who sees rubbish being dumped should report it to our hotline, 01246 345 345."

Holmes was ordered to pay a total of £460 in fine, costs and court fees. 

When passing sentence the magistrates told Holmes that dumping rubbish is a serious problem and that his act was a deliberate one. Holmes was given credit for his early guilty plea.

First published on 16 December 2015 Last updated on 31 October 2016