A Market Trader has been ordered to serve 180 hours of community service after he dumped four gas bottles on Worksop’s high street.
Paul Marshall, a trader on Worksop Market, was found guilty of an offence of fly-tipping following a trial at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 5th July 2019.
As a result, he was ordered to complete a 12-month Community Order with 180 hours of unpaid work, in addition to paying a £750 contribution towards the Council’s prosecution and clean-up costs, as well as a Victim Surcharge of £85. Should Mr Marshall fail to pay the costs before 19th July, the court is able to seize his vehicle or send him to prison.
The Court heard that between 5pm and 5.30pm on 23rd May 2018, Marshall, of Crookes, Sheffield, deliberately dumped the gas bottles on a market stall located on Bridge Street, Worksop.
Entering a plea of not guilty, the 57-year-old claimed that the cylinders were not his and that they had been left under his stall at the start of the day.
However, Council Officers testified that as part of their routine market checks before, during and after the day’s market, there had been no gas bottles on any stalls prior to the start of the day’s market. The same officer also stated that they had seen four gas bottles underneath Mr Marshall’s stall during the day.
In addition, the court was presented with images captured on CCTV that showed Mr Marshall placing four gas bottles on a market stall approximately 60 meters away from where he had been trading that day.
Mr Marshall had previously been given the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400. However, this was not paid within the allotted time and the matter proceeded to court by way of a prosecution.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Bassetlaw District Council is committed to tackling fly-tipping and this outcome shows that should cases make it to prosecution, the courts are willing to hand out more serious penalties that extend beyond fines. Indeed, the court felt that because this deliberate disposal of waste created a risk to public safety, it was serious enough to hand down a community penalty.
“This is another example of how the Council is tackling fly-tipping in our district. There are no excuses or justification for fly-tipping. Our message is clear - it’s your rubbish and your responsibility, please dispose of it in the correct way.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, August 20, 2019