Fly-tipping at a service station in Llanelli has cost one man nearly £1,200.
Rennie Price was ordered to pay the money after he was caught on camera dumping rubbish behind the Shell garage in Dafen.
In a prosecution led by Camarthenshire Council, Llanelli magistrates heard that CCTV had picked up a loaded white Ford Transit tipper driving to the rear of petrol station at just after 9pm in August last year. Three minutes later the Treefellas truck was captured parked in the garage forecourt empty. The 47-year-old was the passenger.
Carmarthenshire Council enforcement officers caught up with the driver two days later and admitted that he and Price committed the crime thinking the location was a tip.
Despite two letters hand delivered to the address provided as Lleidi Crescent, there was no response. Two weeks later officers visited the address and the landlord confirmed it had been empty for a couple of weeks.
Contact was made with Dyfed Powys Police for assistance in tracing the male and Price. Officers were informed that the vehicle had been stopped and the address provided by the driver was Creswell Road in Swansea. Another letter was sent to this address but no reply was received. Price claimed he no longer lived at this address.
Price was arrested on warrant on July 2 and appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court. He admitted fly tipping and was fined £745, and told to pay £360 costs and £70 victim surcharge
The other male remains on a warrant.
The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes said: “There is no place for fly tippers in this county. Dumped rubbish is unsightly and has a huge impact on the environment. We are determined to clean up our streets in Carmarthenshire and will continue to use our powers accordingly.”