Two Sheffield men who drove to the Peak District to dump kitchen units have been fined for fly-tipping.
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard on November 16 that Zubair Kahn, of Wostenholm Road, and Richard Mansell, of Rockingham Street, dumped waste at Sheepwash Bank, Stanage Edge, in the Peak District.
Prosecuting, Derbyshire Dales District Council stated that the pair drove from Sheffield to commit the offence in an area that has the highest level of environmental protection.
But their van was seen by an off-duty police officer who lives locally. He called a Peak District National Park ranger working below Stanage Edge who tracked the van using binoculars.
The men were caught unloading kitchen units from a van.
Each of the defendants was fined £320, and also ordered to pay costs of £383 and a victim surcharge of £32. In mitigation, the court heard the pair were struggling financially and had cleared up the waste when challenged.
A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping numbers are low in the Derbyshire Dales, but we take any attempts to spoil our beautiful area very seriously.”