Unknown 'man in a van' took thousands of video tapes that appeared in Darlington field, court told (From The Northern Echo)
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Unknown 'man in a van' took thousands of video tapes that appeared in Darlington field, court told
A RUBBISH collector has admitted removing thousands of video tapes from a second-hand shop that mysteriously ended up in a remote field.
In April this year The Northern Echo reported how thousands of fruit boxes loaded with video tapes, magazines and cassettes had mysteriously appeared in a remote field, near Headlam Hall, near Darlington.
Included in the haul of about 13,000 tapes were Disney classics, James Bond films, Carry On movies and other Hollywood titles.
Magistrates in Darlington heard that while it is still not clear who actually dumped the tapes in the field, Craig Herriott, of Darlington Rubbish Removals, had initially collected the haul from the Book and Film Exchange charity, in Darlington, before passing some of it on to a man in a white Mercedez-Benz Sprinter Van who offered to buy the lot.
Amy Wennington, prosecuting on behalf of Darlington Borough Council, said 30-year-old Herriott was paid £450 by the owner of the shop for the removal and split the haul into three loads due to the amount.
One load was sent to a company in Hartlepool and Herriott was still in possession of the rest when he was approached by a man in a van who offered to buy it off him.
Herriott said he had often removed plastic and waste from the shop for free and furiously denied dumping the tapes in the field when he represented himself in court today (Wednesday, September 11).
“I wouldn’t dream of putting my man’s waste in a field,” he told the court. “I didn’t know anything about this, I wouldn’t dream of doing anything like that.
“I am a waste company, I pick rubbish up daily, I wouldn’t dream of doing that at all.”
He admitted transferring waste without producing a waste transfer notice, failing to ensure the transfer was to an authorised person and failing to transfer controlled waste without taking reasonable measures to prevent a breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Magistrates fined him £143 and ordered him to pay £350 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.