BARNSLEY COUNCIL has successfully prosecuted a local man for fly-tipping.

Mark Nicholls, 28, of Mallory Way, Cudworth, was found guilty of three fly-tipping offences, two of which were brought by Barnsley Council and one by Rotherham Council.

Mr Nicholls pleaded guilty at Barnsley Magistrates' Court to dumping waste illegally on April 19 2016 in Barnsley.

The court heard that Mr Nicholls didn’t attend a sentencing hearing for previous convictions of fly-tipping that took place last December in Barnsley and September in Rotherham.

These were in addition to an earlier fly-tipping offence that took place in May 2015 for which he was fined in January this year.

He also had his waste carriers licence revoked by the Environment Agency in May this year.

Mr Nicholls, who was also charged with a number of other offences relating to theft and failing to surrender to bail, was sentenced to a total of 36 weeks’ custody, suspended for 12 months.

He was ordered to pay £200 towards Barnsley Council’s prosecution costs and £100 of Rotherham Council’s costs.

The court also ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £100 compensation to Crown Prosecution Service for the additional offences.