A man has been fined £5,000 for dumping rubble in Hopwas after a prosecution by Lichfield District Council. Fifty-seven-year-old Patrick Doherty, of Masefield Drive in Tamworth, was sentenced in his absence at Stafford Magistrates Court. At the hearing, the court had heard that a member of the public had seen a vehicle, which is registered to Mr Doherty, dump a load of rubble at Hints Lane in Hopwas in June 2010. Patrick Doherty was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,666 and a victim surcharge of £15. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said:
“After a year of work to trace Mr Doherty, it is great news that we have secured this prosecution and that the court took the case so seriously. This positive result was only possible thanks to a conscientious member of the public reporting the incident and taking the details of the vehicle and registration number. This just shows how important it is to tell the council if you have seen a fly-tipper in action.”


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