Brit man fined for overturned bin slams council for wasting taxpayer’’s moneyNovember 11th, 2008 - 6:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 11 (ANI): A Brit man, who was fined after his garbage bin overturned and the bags spilled into an alley, has fired back at the council for wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers money.
Care worker Gary Rostron, 34, had been fined 60 pounds by council snoopers for dumping rubbish, even though he was at work when the incident took place.
Rostron protested his innocence and refused to pay. Council chiefs took him to court for breaching environmental laws, where magistrates found him not guilty following a trial costing up to 3,000 pounds.
Rostron has now attacked the council for squandering taxpayers” cash.
“This is penalising people who go out to work and who cannot put their bins out minutes before the binmen come, or bring them back in the moment they are emptied,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
“I was not willing to have a criminal record because of something I did not do, which is why I fought it.
“The whole thing must have wasted thousands of pounds of taxpayers” money, which would be better spent cleaning up the streets,” he added.
Matthew Elliott of the Tax-Payers” Alliance stated that the case should never have been brought to court.
“This court case should never have been brought in the first place and taxpayers have been landed with a totally unnecessary bill,” Elliott said.
“People don”t pay their council tax for the council to squander it on over-zealous prosecutions,” he added.
Kate Hollern, Labour leader of Blackburn with Darwen borough council, said that she had received a number of complaints about bins not being collected and then getting knocked over.
“What are residents supposed to do?” she said.
But Coun Alan Cottam, council executive member for regeneration and environment, attempted to justify taking Rostron to court.
“No one would be convicted of anything if we dropped cases when people said they were innocent,” he said.
“Evidence has to be tested in court and it is then up to the magistrates to decide,” he added. (ANI)
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