A CYCLE shop owner faces a bill of nearly £2,000 after he admitted fly-tipping household rubbish near York.

A second man is on the run after he failed to attend court charged with being part of the same offence.

Victoria Waudby, prosecuting for City of York Council, said a woman had paid Bradley Scott Want, 29, and a second man £50 to remove two chairs, three cushions, a black bag of rubbish and two boxes for her on April 3.

Her items were found as part of a larger fly-tip in Langwith Stray, between Heslington and Elvington, on April 4.

“This was on land which is a hot spot for fly-tipping. It may be some was already there when this offence was committed,” she said.

Want, who represented himself, said: “I run a reputable business that I started seven years ago.

“This was a new business venture with my partner. He wanted to do waste disposal, I didn’t, but I was the only person who had a van.

“I have been dragged into something I never wanted to be involved in.”

Want, who has a cycle shop in Walmgate, York, of Teal Drive, Foxwood, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping, transporting waste without an operator’s licence and failure to ensure that rubbish was properly disposed of.

He was only charged in connection with the woman’s rubbish and not with making the rest of the fly-tip.

York magistrates fined him £1,107 with £651 prosecution costs, a £110 statutory surcharge and ordered him to pay £50 compensation.

Ben Stannard, 30, of Walmgate, York, who faces charges of fly-tipping and failure to ensure that rubbish was properly disposed of, failed to attend court last autumn and is wanted on warrant.

Mrs Waudby said a farmer saw Want and another man with Want’s van which was stuck in mud a short distance from the fly-tip waiting to be towed away. It cost £50 to clear up the fly-tip.