Rubbish earns man a curfew

A JOBLESS man was told he must wear an electronic tag after twice dumping rubbish beside recycling banks- and leaving personal details in the heap.

It will ensure Gary Clarke obeys a six-week curfew by staying inside his home on Cupola Park, Whatstandwell between 7pm and 7am.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that his personal details were found among rubbish left at an Amber Valley Borough Council recycling site on Sandy Lane, Crich.

He admitted dumping controlled waste on March 28 and April 4 at the site. He said he had been helping his elderly father who recently had a hip replacement.

Clarke told District Judge Caroline Goulborn: ”I made a terrible mistake. It will not happen again. It was stupid and I apologise.”

He must pay the council’s £385 clean-up bill and £140 other costs.

Angela Fox, prosecuting, said a neighbourhood warden visited the site on March 27 and Clarke asked if he could leave wood there. He was told this was not allowed.

“On the following day, the warden visited and found a large amount of waste at the side of the recycling banks,” she said.

“It included assorted household waste, clothes, garden waste and several pieces of wood. He searched through the rubbish and found documents addressed to Robert Clarke.”

On April 4, the warden again found a document addressed to Clarke among more rubbish which included an electric kettle, ceramic tiles, beer cans and newspapers.

Miss Fox added: ”Fly tipping at the council’s recycling sites is becoming an increasing problem and neighbourhood wardens regularly patrol them.

“There are numerous signs warning against fly tipping at all the recycling sites and also fixed to the recycling banks themselves.”