A Fine Old Mess For One Essex Builder

15 February 2011, 00:00 | Updated: 1 March 2011, 17:27

An Essex builder's got into a real mess whilst attempting to illegally dump a load of waste.

Adrian Brace ended up having to pay out more than £350 after his van got stuck in the mud whilst he was trying to dump a load of rubble in a field in Farnham near Stansted Mountfitchet.

The builder from Black Notley near Braintree had broken a padlock on a farmers gate to get into the field with the intention of dumping a load of rubble - but then found his truck bogged down in mud and unable to move.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and the dumping of waste and issued with a fixed penalty notice.

The Police then passed details of the offence on to Uttlesford District Council’s enforcement team.

After he failed to attend an interview, council officers began legal proceedings against him for illegal flytipping.

Last week at Harlow Magistrates Court he was fined £100 and ordered to pay £250 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.