A Hornsea man has been issued with a £400 fixed penalty for dumping a number of phone books in Long Riston, near Skirlaugh.

Multiple bundles of phone books were found abandoned on the grass verge of Whins Lane, Long Riston, on 30 November last year, and the incident was reported to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The council’s streetscene enforcement team investigated the fly-tipping and identified where the books had come from and the man who was meant to deliver the books to people’s homes.

The delivery man was interviewed and confirmed he had been paid to deliver the books.

He admitted dumping them as he said he didn’t know what to do with the books he hadn’t delivered and was worried about the weight of them in his girlfriend’s car.

The council issued him with the £400 fixed penalty notice.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “In this case the person should have done what he was paid to do, or returned the remaining books, not dumped them at the roadside.

“We won’t tolerate fly-tipping in the East Riding and we need people’s help to prevent it from happening.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally by using their household bins or taking the waste to their local household waste recycling site.

For larger loads they can also hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.

Fly-tipping information:

Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping

People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.

For guidance on how to check if a person is a licensed registered waste carrier visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping

To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/recycling