A WOMAN ended up in court after she let an unscrupulous operator take rubbish away from her home which was later found dumped in an Accrington lay-by.
Hyndburn Enforcement officers investigating fly tipped rubbish which included old garden chairs, a pool table, carpet, a door, and bags of general household rubbish found dumped in a lay-by on Miller fold Avenue, in Accrington found documents leading back to a Preston woman.
During interviews the woman, Karen Fletcher said that she had paid a 'man with a van' £80 to take away the rubbish, but didn't check he was registered or get his name and address.
Ms Fletcher, 37, of Nevett Street, Preston was given a six month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £180 towards the investigation clean up costs by Hyndburn Magistrates.
She was ordered to pay a £75 contribution towards legal costs.
Councillor Peter Clarke, Hyndburn Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental Issues said: "As a householder you are required by law to take all reasonable care over the waste you produce and how it's disposed of. This means that if some unscrupulous operator dumps waste that you have given them to get rid of, then it is you who will face prosecution. This is exactly what happened in this case, landing Ms Fletcher in court.
"To avoid this situation people should make sure they only deal with a registered waste carrier who will be able to provide Duty of Care documentation showing where the waste came from and which licensed waste disposal site it's going to.
"We always pursue fly tippers and take them to court wherever necessary."