A FLY-TIPPER has been told to pay more than £1,300 after dumping household waste in a lane near Leominster.

Wayne Lock, of Foster Crescent in Leominster, has been found guilty of failing in his duty of care when disposing of a shed full of waste.

Hereford magistrates heard how in November 2021, officers of the council's community protection team responded to complaints of a fly tip which had appeared on Ginhall Lane, Leominster.

Officers searched the waste, which consisted of eight to 10 bags of general waste, cardboard, a suitcase, and a pushchair and found evidence which led them to the 23-year-old.


Lock admitted that he had inherited the shed full of waste from the previous tenant of his property who had paid him £120 to dispose of it.

He claimed to have paid somebody who advertised a waste collection service on the social media platform Snapchat to take the waste away but could not retrieve any messages due to Snapchat automatically deleting viewed messages.

Lock was unable to provide any further information about the alleged waste collector or provide a waste transfer note, which meant the transaction could not be traced.

In court on Thursday (November 17), Lock was fined £270, ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £34.


Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council's head of public protection, said: "Fly tipping is an unsightly, dangerous, and illegal practice, and council officers will pursue those responsible.

"This case shows that if you do not dispose of your waste properly and obtain paperwork to prove that you have done so, you leave yourself open to prosecution.

"The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is a £50,000 fine and up to five years imprisonment, so it really isn't worth it."