A man has been hit with more than £800 in fines and court costs after he was found running an illegal waste removal operation.
Michael Lascelles was advertising his work on Facebook and claimed he was a "fully licensed waste carrier".
His advert read: "A man with a van, who removes all types of waste."
He said he could take away rubble, soil, cardboard and plastic, and could deal with house and garage clearances as well as garden tidy-up jobs.
The advert further added: "We are a fast and reliable service and fully-licensed waste carriers. No job is too big or small."
However, he did not have the permit to carry out the work and was found to have lied about where he was taking waste, it was said at Newcastle Magistrates' court.
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