Fly-tipper fined thousands for dumping waste
PUBLISHED: 11:18 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:24 05 October 2015
A fly-tipper will pay more than £4,000 for dumping packaging and building waste.
Builder Liam Poynter, fly-tipped material including decorating products, a table and a radiator cover in Little Gerpins Lane, Rainham, on July 11 last year after he was employed through Mybuilder.com by a householder in Bexley to remove the items.
Mr Poynter, of Maxey Road, Dagenham, who failed to attend Barkingside Magistrates Court last month, was found guilty and ordered to pay a total of £4,289 comprising a fine, costs and a victim surcharge.
His fine follows a crackdown on fly-tipping by Havering Council, which has seen a number of other fly-tippers prosecuted including Scott Pittom, 39, of Basildon, who was told to pay nearly £3,000 and Andi Pemaj, of Saville Row, Romfmord, who had to pay £2,621 in August.
There have been nearly 3,000 cases of fly-tipping on Havering’s roads and open spaces in the past year, amounting to almost eight fly-tips a day.
These incidents have cost Havering Council taxpayers almost £137,000 not including the cost of unreported fly-tips.
There has been a 16per cent increase of fly-tipping cases over the past two years across English local authorities.
It cost the country more than £16.2million to clear up these fly-tips, £2million more than it did three years ago.
Cllr Robert Benham, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is another excellent result for the Cleaner Havering Campaign, and I’m delighted that magistrates are continuing to issue stiff fines to these criminals.
“Fly-tipping is a menace that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year and causes real damage to our environment.
“We’ll be continuing our investment in covert CCTV to make sure we catch more fly-tippers in the act. ”