A business owner has been fined £700 after fly-tipping in West Cumbria.

The Maryport business was given a £400 fixed penalty notice by Allerdale council for fly-tipping in a back lane the town on Wednesday, May 15.

A council spokesman said it was clear that the business did not have an appropriate waste contract in place, and it was also given a £300 fixed penalty notice for failing to provide a duty of care waste transfer notice.

The business has not been identified.

The spokesman said: "Every company has a responsibility to safely contain and legally dispose of any waste produced from their business."

Michael Heaslip, the council's executive member responsible for environmental quality, said: “I’d like to firstly congratulate the enforcement team for taking this action. We have a zero-tolerance attitude to fly-tipping and will take action if we can prove who is responsible. Every business has a responsibility to dispose of their waste correctly, otherwise they face a hefty fine.”

Allerdale council provides trade waste services.

Call 0303 123 1702 or visit www.allerdale.gov.uk for more details.

Anyone who spots flytipping, or has information on those dumping rubbish, can report it to the council using the online forms or the myAllerdale app.