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Fly tipper dumped engine in road

A man who fly tipped a car engine in a residential road at Sutterton appeared before magistrates in Boston on Monday (May 9).

Michael Shailes admitted dumping the engine, which led to the closure of the road while it was removed using a mechanical grab.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 towards costs plus a £15 victim surcharge. He offered to pay at the rate of £20 a week.

Sally Burke, prosecuting for Boston Borough Council, said Shailes (25), of 3 Lincoln Lane, Holbeach, unloaded the engine from his van into St Mary's Drive, Sutterton.

Shailes called at a property in St Mary's Drive where had had done business with the property owner and his friend, and wanted to leave the engine believing it to be the property of the friend.

The home owner refused to accept the engine so Shailes dumped it in the road outside, close to a junction.

The police were contacted by the property owner and Shailes refused to remove the engine. He was them contacted by a borough council enforcement officer but failed to respond to three requests for a meeting.

The total clean-up, investigation and prosecution costs were £1,705.37.

Shailes said he was under the impression that the engine belonged to the man at St Mary's Drive, who was dealing in car parts. He said he had told him to leave it in the road near the kerb and he would put it in his trailer and deal with it. He admitted dumping the engine, but said he had left it in the road by the kerb. He said it had been moved by the time a photograph of it was taken which was presented to the magistrates.

He said his business was only two years old and he had not yet taken a wage but was living off savings and help his disabled father gave him.

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