‘Man with a van’ lands himself with £800 cost
CLIENT’S RUBBISH FOUND DUMPED
A MAN has been hit with more than £800 in fines and court costs after he was found running an illegal waste removal operation.
Michael Lascelles was advertising his work on Facebook and claimed he was a “fully licensed waste carrier”.
His advert read: “A man with a van, who removes all types of waste.”
He said he could take away rubble, soil, cardboard and plastic, and could deal with house and garage clearances as well as garden tidy-up jobs.
The advert further added: “We are a fast and reliable service and fullylicensed waste carriers. No job is too big or small.”
However, he did not have the permit to carry out the work and was found to have lied about where he was taking waste, it was said at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
His offences came to light after he decided to collect some rubbish from a woman’s home in March last year.
Joanne Bagshaw, prosecuting for Newcastle City Council, said: “She had recently redecorated her child’s bedroom and put rubbish in the back of her garden.
“She was looking on Facebook to remove this waste and saw an advert from Mr Lascelles. He quoted her £40 and said he would be there at 11am on March 22. He did not arrive at 11am. He arrived at 4.30pm, in company with another male, in a silver van already packed with waste.
“Mr Lascelles said it was going to be taken to the tip and said he wanted £75 as there was more waste than he thought.”
He was paid in cash but no receipt was provided to the customer.
That waste was later found deposited elsewhere and the council managed to trace it back to the woman, who explained how the rubbish had been taken away by Lascelles.
Ms Bagshaw said there was no suggestion Lascelles had fly-tipped. He told officers he often passed the waste on to a friend and it was taken to an address in Seaton Delaval, where it was then burned on a farmer’s field.
Lascelles, 22, of Aidan Court, Benton, pleaded guilty to three charges – fraud by false representation, for lying about the destination of the customer’s waste and his credentials as a waste carrier, an offence for handling waste without taking reasonable measures to protect the environment and a charge of not having the relevant permit. Ms Bagshaw told the court: “There is a legal obligation to ensure that waste is being passed on to someone who is authorised to dispose of it correctly. He has admitted that waste was taken to Seaton Delaval and was burnt. Burning waste in a non-regulated manner causes harm to the environment – nobody knows what is being burnt – and can cause pollution.”
Mark Harrison, representing Lascelles, said: “In the really short life of ‘man with van,’ he did not go out to get appropriate licences. He ought to have got the relevant permissions first. He is no longer involved in any form of waste disposal.”
Magistrates ordered Lascelles to pay more than £800, including £320 in fines and more than £500 in costs.
■ Michael Lascelles