Swansea fly-tipping menace Lee White landed in court
A SWANSEA fly-tipper was hit with more than £420 in fines and costs after dumping mounds of rubbish at a city beauty spot.
Lee White ditched waste including toys, children's clothing and books on land off Mynydd Gelli Wastad Road, Morriston.
Concerned residents helped Swansea Council officers to track him down and bring him to court.
And council bosses have warned fly-tippers there is no place to hide for those who commit the offence.
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June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's cabinet member for place, said: "Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime.
"Dumping waste that should have gone to a civic amenity site is damaging to the environment and potentially harmful to children and wildlife.
"As this latest case shows Swansea Council will do all it can to gather evidence against people who harm their communities by fly-tipping and prosecute them."
White, of Fifth Avenue, Clase, Swansea, admitted a charge of fly-tipping, contrary to the Environment Protection Act, 1990, when he appeared at Swansea Magistrates' Court.
He was fined £100, ordered to pay £100 legal costs, £209.28 towards the council's costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
Council's litter enforcement officer Frances Williams said: "The council is very active in dealing with fly-tipping.
"But we rely on the public to tell us about incidents and to report people who they see disfiguring their communities in this way.
"It is good news for the people of Morriston that we were able bring this case to court because hopefully it will help discourage fly-tipping in the area in future."
Fly-tipping incidents are also reportedly on the rise in the Baglan area of Port Talbot.
Baglan councillor Peter Richards previously told a Pact meeting that the issue was becoming a cause for concern.
He said: "We have seen a slight increase in fly-tipping.
"If people are around and see anything we would appreciate them coming back to us.
"It's something we have worked hard to try to eliminate and there is a concern it is coming back."
He said the problems were in the early stages rather than out of control.
Mr Richards added: "We want to keep on top of it and the council does have a very supportive enforcement team."
In Carmarthenshire, problems have been reported with people dumping rubbish outside charity shops in the county.Items including a wardrobe, an old sofa, several television sets, an electric fire, a bed and a mattress.
Executive board member for environment Jim Jones added: "Fly-tipping is a serious offence and unfortunately this is an issue at charity shops across Carmarthenshire."
He said people leave items outside the shops on the pavement when they are closed making the area untidy and the weather ruins the items.