Kirklees Council removed a scrap car from a layby in Honley and are prosecuting people who dump waste or fail to clear up their own rubbish.

The council’s Greenspace Action Team had an unroadworthy old car advertising a scrapyard towed away after complaints.

And the council has revealed more prosecutions which have resulted in five people being hit with fines and costs totalling almost £4,000.

Arfan Saddiq, of Lockwood, admitted not complying with Sections 33 and 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when he fly-tipped waste at Hall Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury. He was fined a total of £1,010.

Mahmud Ul-Haq was fined a total of £1,400 for not clearing waste from his garden in Dewsbury after he failed to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN).

Wayne Thompson and Sharon Lindsay, of Soothill, Batley, also failed to comply with a CPN over the amount of waste in their garden. Both received fines of £345. Thompson failed to attend court to answer the charge.

John Parker, of Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to a charge of losing control of household waste under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was subsequently arrested before appearing in court. He was fined £688.

Kirklees Council is on the trail of flytippers

The council said the successful prosecutions sent out a strong message and Colin Parr, strategic director for environment and climate change, said: “The outcome of the cases represents a significant success in our battle against anti-social behaviour in Kirklees.

“All the cases involve residents who have not disposed of waste properly. Where possible, we try to work with residents but, unfortunately, some do not respond. They must think they are above the law but then end up in court.

“We will not shy away from this last resort which usually ends up with the resident facing a much bigger penalty.”

Mr Parr added: “We now have the right to reclaim our costs in finding these criminals and will make sure we do.

“There is no excuse for fly-tipping or any other sort of anti-social behaviour involving waste in Kirklees.

“The council provides substantial opportunities to dispose of domestic waste at our Household Waste Recycling Centres and we will not tolerate the thoughtless, selfish and environmentally-damaging actions of residents or businesses that break the law in this manner.”