£3,000 fine for landlord who dumped ex-tenant’s belongings in Burnley back street

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A PRIVATE landlord who dumped a tenant’s belongings in a back street has been landed with a bill of more than £3,000 after a successful prosecution by Burnley Council.

Abdul Rouf (44), of Granville Street, Burnley, admitted an offence of fly tipping when he appeared at Burnley Crown Court. Rouf initially denied the charge at Reedley Magistrates’ Court and elected for trial at crown court before changing his plea.

He was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £3,248 or face 28 days imprisonment.

Passing sentence, Judge Beverly Lunt said she found the dumping of rubbish on the streets of Burnley abhorrent and was glad fly tipping was regarded as a crime.

Joanne Swift, the council’s head of Streetscene, said: “This shows clearly that Burnley Council does act on information provided by concerned residents, we do investigate, we do take action and flytippers will face a heavy bill for their selfish actions.

“The council has a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour such as flytipping and we were recently named as the fourth most successful authority in the country for prosecuting people who dump rubbish.

“This prosecution sends a strong message that if you dump rubbish you face appearing in court and a hefty fine. There’s no excuse for dumping rubbish on someone else’s doorstep or community.”

The court was told Rouf acted irresponsibly by disposing of his previous tenant’s belongings into the backstreet behind Ribblesdale Street, Burnley, last June.

The council was contacted by a member of the public. Council Streetscene officers visited the site and carried out an investigation which led to Rouf being prosecuted.