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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 December 2005, 20:53 GMT
Man fined for fly-tipping waste
A man has been fined for fly-tipping renovation waste which he was paid to take away from the Devon home of artist Damien Hirst.

Registered waste carrier Matthew Whitney dumped building waste, boxes, cable and rubble in an isolated lane.

Whitney, 23, of Wardens Caravan, Manleigh Holiday Park, Rectory Road, Combe Martin, was fined 220 by Barnstaple magistrates on Thursday.

Magistrates also ordered him to pay 100 in costs.

He had pleaded guilty to one offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 of depositing building waste on unlicensed land at Thornlands, Combe Martin.

'Deliberate attempt'

During the case, brought by the Environment Agency, the court heard that on 5 January Damien Hirst's estate manager, Paul Reyner, paid Whitney 70 to take away the waste from the house in Combe Martin.

Later the same the day the waste was found dumped in an isolated spot along the same road where the defendant lives.

Whitney admitted dumping the waste because of problems with his tipper truck, adding that when he went to pick up the dumped material two days later it was gone.

The local authority had taken the waste to a recycling centre.

Agency spokesman Keith Mullen said: "This was a deliberate attempt to get rid of waste illegally without paying for its disposal."

There were two nearby places he could have gone to "but he chose the irresponsible option of making it someone else's problem by dumping it on their driveway," said Mr Mullen.

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