A Stockport man who lent his van to a friend ended up driving himself into trouble.
The friend used the van to illegally dump rubbish in a Salford street – and landed the owner with a £1100 bill.
As Sajid Latif Mughal was unable to help council officers trace the man who actually dumped the waste he ended up in court for flytipping.
Mr Mughal,47, of Middlewood Drive, Stockport, pleaded guilty to one offence of illegally dumping waste, on December 3 2015.
He was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £580 and a victim surcharge of £50.
The court heard that Salford City Council’s CCTV team recorded the driver of a Mercedes Sprinter van throwing four large bin bags of rubbish onto land at Dickinson Street, Salford on March 12, 2015.
Officers traced the van to its registered keeper, Mr Mughal, who told them he had lent the van to a man called Kami for a couple of hours to ‘move things.’
He said Kami worked somewhere on Bury New Road but couldn’t provide his surname or an address and said he was not answering his phone. He also admitted he had not checked whether the man had a driving licence or insurance before lending him the van. He said it was a mistake and he was ashamed of what had happened.
Speaking after the case Ben Dolan, Strategic Director for Environment and Community Safety, said: “Mr Mughal could not identify the real culprit so, as the owner of the vehicle involved, he has had to pay the price. I hope this serves as a warning to others that we will trace and punish people who think they can use Salford’s streets as a rubbish dump.”
The case was brought as part of Operation Pandora which has seen over 40 flytippers prosecuted resulting in fines, costs and compensation of more than £46,000.