Redbridge Council has sent a clear message that dumping rubbish on our streets won’t be tolerated after two culprits who tried to evade justice were hauled before the courts and hit with hefty fines.
Carmen Vasile, of Wilmington Gardens in Barking, and Mohammed Shahin from Ingleby Road, Ilford, both admitted fly-tipping offences when appearing before magistrates.
Vasile was handed fines and costs adding up to £874 while Shahin was ordered to pay a total of £965 at Barkingside last Friday (29 March 2019).
In both cases, the offenders failed to appear at their original hearing and a summons had to be issued for their arrest following lengthy investigations.
On 10 July 2017, a council employee witnessed two men dumping chairs and bags of waste in Eton Road, Ilford and, after being challenged, the men took two bags away but left the other rubbish.
The officer noticed these bags outside a property in Twyford Road and reported the matter to the council’s enforcement team, the court heard.
Vasile lived at the property and, following denials, admitted responsibility for the items and accepted knowledge of them being dumped.
The 37-year-old moved home but was tracked down to her current address in Barking by enforcement officers.
She was fined £500 for fly-tipping. A victim surcharge of £50 was also imposed, as well as costs of £324.
A resident challenged Mohammed Shahin, 47, after spotting him dumping bags of rubbish by a bin in Ley Street on 30 May 2016.
The resident took pictures of the offence and contacted Redbridge Council, which investigated and traced Shahin.
He did not turn up to the original hearing after being summonsed for fly-tipping. Once again, enforcement officers tracked down the culprit.
A fine of £650 as well costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £65 were handed out to Shahin.
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented, “In the Council we are working hard to tackle the blight of fly-tipping. Our Enforcement Officers regularly patrol the streets and we have recently installed £1.5M worth of CCTV cameras to help catch criminals. This successful prosecution is another example of those efforts paying off and I am glad the culprits have been brought to justice.”
“Redbridge is our home and we cannot allow criminals like these to ruin our streets. If we all remain vigilant and report any fly-tipping, the Council can continue to crack down on those responsible and help keep our roads and parks clean.”
Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, Cllr John Howard, warned that the council will not ‘let up’ when pursuing legal action against individuals caught dumping rubbish.
He said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, ruins our neighbourhoods and costs the taxpayer to clear up. I hope these prosecutions send a very clear message that this unacceptable behaviour won’t be tolerated and we will not let up when it comes to catching those responsible. I want to thank the residents who reported these grime crimes and praise the commitment of officers who tracked the offenders and brought them to justice.”
As part of its Our Streets strategy, Redbridge is taking one of the toughest stances on crime.
A crime Wall of Shame website page was launched last year so that residents can help catch fly-tippers.