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Man fined over car boot signs

A man has been ordered to pay a total of £2,181 for putting signs up in the Beverley and Willerby areas advertising car boot sales. Paul Earnshaw, of Castle Lodge Court, Rothwell, Leeds, put up 10 signs on the public highway without permission in May this year advertising the events at Beverley Racecourse.

Earnshaw was found guilty of 10 counts of fly-posting around the East Riding at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11th October. Although he did not attend court he was fined £100 for the first charge and £150 for the further nine charges. He was also ordered to pay £701 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The court heard that a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding Council saw the advertising signs on the side of roads in Beverley and Willerby in May this year.  Investigations led the officer to Earnshaw, who failed to remove the signs when asked.

He was originally issued with a fixed penalty notice of £750 by the council, but he failed to pay that and the case was sent to court.

East Riding Council is reminding residents and businesses that it is a criminal offence under the Highways Act 1980 to place a sign on highways land without the council’s permission. The council can issue a £75 fixed penalty notice for each illegal sign or poster.

If a case is heard in court anyone found guilty of fly-posting could be fined up to £2,500. The council may also remove all signs and the costs incurred can be recovered from the person responsible.