A MAN has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 after a fly-tipping incident in Severn Beach.

Karl Edwards, 23, from Bristol, was fined afterpaint equipment, carpet, underlay, furniture, electrical items, polystyrene and general household waste was dumped on Ableton Lane.

This took place between December 23 last year and January 5 2019.

Edwards was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team

Documentation left at the scene was traced to a householder who had paid Edwards £80 to remove her waste.

When Edwards was interviewed he stated he was helping out a friend and had left it on his driveway when two men called a few days later offering to take it away.

He said he paid £60 for them to remove it but did not ask for their details, or record anything about them or their vehicle.

Edwards pleaded guilty of failing in his duty of care for the secure transfer of household waste at Bristol Magistrates Court on June 19 and had to pay total costs of £997.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Rachael Hunt, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will be relentless in our attempts to identify and prosecute individuals who break the law in this manner.

“We want people to realise that fly-tipping really isn’t worth the risk and dispose of their waste in a responsible manner.

“I encourage anyone who has information in relation to instances of fly-tipping in South Gloucestershire to get in touch with our Envirocrime team who will investigate the matter further.”