A fly-tipper has been found and fined £3,000 – tracked down by an address discovered in rubbish on railway land in Lancashire.
The trash had been dumped at a track access point at Burnley earlier this year. It is thought it came from a “home improvement” project.
The track access points have to be available at all times every day so engineers can carry out any essential maintenance. Blocking them, Network Rail says, risks lives, as they also provide emergency access.
Authorities caught the culprit after an invoice for building materials – complete with name and address – was discovered in the mess.
The fly-tipper was found guilty at Burnley Magistrates in May after entering a not-guilty plea.
He was fined £1000 and ordered to pay court costs and compensation to Network Rail – totalling £3000 – for illegally dumping floor tiles, planks of wood, and a bed frame.
Ian Croucher, a maintenance protection coordinator for Network Rail, said: “I hope this case shows a strong message that Network Rail will do everything it can to track down illegal fly-tippers and work with the British Transport Police to bring them to justice.
“Not only is illegally dumping waste like this hazardous to our staff who have to clear it up and a risk to railway passengers, it’s also a blight on the environment. It costs millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to clear waste like this every year – money which should be spent improving journeys for passengers.”
Chief Inspector Dave Rams, from British Transport Police, said: “Fly-tipping costs the railway millions of pounds each year which could be invested in the railway network.
“This offender’s actions have cost him dearly and we hope this acts as a deterrent to others who are thinking of doing the same thing.”