Rogue trader must work for free

A fly-tipping fraudster has been slapped with a community service order.

Wayne Goldstone, 35, of Adelaide Street in Stonehouse, appeared before Plymouth Crown Court on Tuesday to be sentenced for fly-tipping, fraud and carrying scrap metal without a licence. 

Goldstone had previously pleaded guilty to all three offences before the same court in January. 

Then, the court heard that he had dumped a fridge freezer in Valley Road, a pallet load of cardboard and rubble in a rear lane off Lipson Road and a load of cardboard packaging on land behind Clarence Place.

The court also heard that Goldstone had falsely claimed that several van loads of waste he took to Chelson Meadow was made up of domestic rubbish when in fact it was commercial waste he had been paid to remove and was now dumping at the expense of the tax payer. 

For the fly-tipping and the fraud, Goldstone was handed a 12 month community order requiring him to do 180 hours of unpaid work within that time. He was also given a nominal £10 fine for failing to hold a scrap metal licence and waste carriers licence.

He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs as well as £380 in clean up charges. 

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: "Fly-tipping is a crime that impacts communities, so I'm glad that this gent will have to spend 180 hours giving back to the people he's wronged.

"Let this be an example to others - fly-tipping is not acceptable in Plymouth. We will find you; we will come after you and we will have our day in court if necessary."

Fed up of fly-tipping? Then let the Council know. You can report it via our website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/envirocrime