Rubbish Dumped near the River Roding
Rubbish Dumped near the River Roding

Victor CANCIU, aged 47, of 18 Daffodil Gardens, Ilford.

On Wednesday 2 May 2018, a resident of Daffodil Gardens, Ilford, witnessed Victor CANCIU dragging out a child’s plastic swimming pool, black rubbish sacks and wooden pallets from his rear garden, carry them across the car park at the rear of the property and dump them onto the embankment that runs alongside the River Roding.

Some months previously, the witness had similarly seen Mr CANCIU dumping an old sofa and arm chair from his rear garden at the car park, at the same location. Being upset that the local environment was being turned into a rubbish tip and also despoiling the river, he contacted Redbridge Council and reported the fly-tips.

A Redbridge Enforcement Casework Officer conducted investigations and took evidential pictures of the fly-tipped items.  Mr CANCIU was contacted in writing and invited to attend an interview, he did not respond. The officer also sent a questionnaire to be answered under caution and returned but again, no response was received.  The officer therefore compiled a prosecution case file and Mr CANCIU was summonsed to attend Barkingside Magistrates Court, for two counts of fly-tipping.

Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of the Council said, “This successful prosecution is an important victory for us in our fight against environmental crime. We made a commitment to residents to crack down on those who litter our streets, parks and waterways and I hope this serves as a reminder to those who choose to dump their rubbish that they will not get away with it.  We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime, this will be the first prosecution of many.”

Mr CANCIU appeared on Friday 18 January 2019 and pleaded guilty to both offences. He was sentenced to the following:

Count 1.  Fined £480
Count 2. Fined £480
Pay LBR Costs = £250
Pay £89 compensation towards clean-up costs
Pay £48 Victims Surcharge.
TOTAL = £1,387

Pay at £100 p.w, 1st payment to be made by 14/2/19. Collection Order made.

 

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