Chester woman who gave domestic waste to ‘a man in a white van‘ is fined for fly-tipping

6 December 2017

A Chester woman has been ordered to pay fines totalling £450 after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Layla Jane Riley (30), of Sherwood Road, Blacon, Chester was prosecuted under the ‘Duty of Care’ provision in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

An investigation was started in October 2016 when the Council received a report of alleged fly-tipping on Poplar Hall Lane in Chester.

The waste consisted of four large black bin bags full of domestic waste, along with two large white coloured paint pots, a large silver metallic bed frame and a large curtain rail with a red curtain attached.

Regulatory Services Officers examined the fly-tipped waste and it was traced back to Miss Riley 

In November 2016, Miss Riley was interviewed by officers and confirmed that the waste did belong to her.  She also stated that she gave the waste to a man in a white van, who she found in her garden after returning from the local shops.  

She claimed she paid him £30 to remove the waste but recorded no details of the individual and also didn’t check if he had the relevant authority to remove or carry domestic waste.

On Thursday, 30 November Miss Riley failed to appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

She was arrested the following day and appeared before Magistrates where fines and costs were imposed totalling £450.  Miss Riley received a fine of £120 for the fly-tipping duty of care offence and was also ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £30.  

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “In this case the defendant failed to ensure her household waste was transferred to an authorised person, this resulted in her domestic waste being illegally fly-tipped.  The occupier of any domestic property in England or Wales has a duty of care to dispose of their household waste properly. 

“Following on from previous successful prosecutions, hopefully this case will act as a deterrent to potential offenders and make them think twice before fly-tipping waste.” If you discover illegal tipping of waste or see it being tipped, support the Council’s Street Care Pledge and report it 24 hours a day on the Council’s website (search ’fly tipping’), on the Your Streets website (, via Twitter (@Go_Cheshirewest), or in person at any of the Council’s Customer Service Centres.

Photos of the fly-tipped waste in Poplar Hall Lane, Chester

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