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Goole man fined after shopping trollies full of rubbish dumped in an alley in the town

A Goole man has been fined by a court after leaving two shopping trollies full of rubbish in an alley in the town. 

Stefan-Claudiu Ghimpu, of Weatherill Street, Goole, left the trollies in an alley between Gray Street and Spencer Street on two occasions, containing bedding, concrete and child car seats, as well as dumping a television stand and a carpet.

Ghimpu pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste when he appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 21 June.

He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £166 and a victim surcharge of £34.

The court heard streetscene enforcement officers for East Riding of Yorkshire Council first found fly-tipping, a shopping trolley filled with bedding, hardened concrete and other waste, in the alley between Gray Street and Spencer Street on 10 February 2022.

Then on 3 March 2022, officers found another shopping trolley which had two child seats inside.

And on 22 March 2022, more waste was found in the same spot consisting of a television stand and a carpet.

Officers checked CCTV footage which showed a man putting all the waste in the alley. He was identified as Stefan-Claudiu Ghimpu.

When interviewed by the officers, Ghimpu claimed to only leave items in the alley in good condition that people may want. He said he had left the items in the back alley because everyone did it.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally by using their household bins or by taking rubbish to their local household waste recycling site.

For larger loads they can also hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or they can use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.

Carl Skelton, acting director of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We need some people to understand they can’t just leave their rubbish out on the street, we provide wheelie bins and household waste recycling sites for them to use.

“We hope prosecutions like this help to get that message across. We will investigate incidents and always take action when we can.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are urged to always follow the council’s SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make.

To operate legally any firm that removes waste needs to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.

Fly-tipping information:

  • Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.
  • For guidance on how to check if a person is a licensed registered waste carrier visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/recycling

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