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A father-of-three has been left with a criminal record for overfilling his wheelie bin by four inches.
Gareth Corkhill, 26, of Whitehaven, Cumbria, received a £110 fixed penalty notice after Copeland Council staff photographed his raised bin lid.
When he refused to pay he was taken to court where magistrates added a further £115 to the fixed penalty.
Copeland Council has defended its actions and pledged to continue to take action against overfilled wheelie bins.