A WIRRAL man has been given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to three fly-tipping charges.

George Stanley was handed a three-month sentence suspended for a year for offences under the Environmental Protection Act in a prosecution brought by Wirral Council.

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These charges related to incidents in April last year when Stanley, of Norley Avenue, Eastham, dumped waste and a freezer from a van and trailer on Commercial Road and Riverbank Road in Bromborough.

He had pleaded guilty to these offences at a hearing last month and the case was adjourned for probation reports.

On Tuesday Wirral Magistrates Court ruled the tipping was a deliberate act causing "category 2 harm" in part due to the potential for release of noxious substances from the freezer.

As a result Stanley received the custodial sentence along with a 12-month community order and a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was ordered to pay full costs applied for by the council of £1,200.

This included clean-up and investigation costs plus legal charges.

He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.