A SHOP owner will have to pay more than £3,500 after admitting fly-tipping.

Daniel McDonald, owner of the Floor Trader on High Street, Wombwell, pleaded guilty  when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates' Court.

The court was told McDonald had allowed three unknown men to remove commercial waste from the back of his shop for disposal.

He said the men had produced a waste carriers' licence but he didn't know who they were working for.

The 1.2 tonnes of rubbish was found dumped on Ings Lane, Little Houghton.

Business owners have a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure the person they give their waste to is authorised to dispose of it.

McDonald was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs to the council of £240, clean-up costs of £680 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "Fly-tipping is a serious environmental offence and can make an area appear run down.

"The removal of fly-tipping and litter is a major expense to the council.

"We would like to remind residents and businesses to be more vigilant and responsible in disposing of their waste properly.

"We will always pursue the matter through the courts, where evidence leads to whoever was responsible for fly-tipping in our borough.

"We would encourage everyone to report fly-tipping when they find it to Barnsley Council on 772468."