Thursday, 2 June 2011

Man pays price for dumping petrol tank in farmer’s stream

A man who bought a new petrol tank for his car then casually dumped the old one into a farmer’s stream in Leeds has been fined for flytipping.

Andrzej Pamula was caught on CCTV driving onto the private land on Taylor Lane, Scholes, and offloading the contaminated tank into the stream.

Leeds City Council took action against Pamula, of Edgware Street, Harehills, for depositing controlled waste.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing at Leeds Magistrates Court (on Friday May 27). It cost him over £1,000- including a fine of £250 plus costs in excess of £750.

Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services, Leeds City Council, said:
“Flytipping can cause serious damage to the environment and in this particular case the old petrol tank could have contaminated the stream. Regulations preventing the dumping of unwanted items such as this are there for a reason.

“We aim to always prosecute flytippers where possible and hope this case sends out a strong message that such crimes against the environment won’t be tolerated.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335