Man who illegally dumped waste in Romford caught on CCTV and ordered to pay courts more than £1,500
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 11 October 2018
A man from Middlesex has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 to the courts after being caught on film dumping waste on private land in Romford.
Brian Stokes from Lyncroft Avenue, Pinner, was charged with dumping waste without an environmental permit and for controlling a vehicle which was used for carrying and depositing waste.
On Friday, October 5, Barkingside Magistrates’ Court sentenced Stokes to 100 hours of unpaid work, ordering him to pay costs of £1,500 and an £85 victim surcharge.
The court heard how Stokes was captured on CCTV controlled by Havering Council, arriving on private land at the old Decathlon site in Angel Way, Romford on July 14, 2016.
Stokes was filmed driving a white dumper truck to the rear of the site and emptying the contents described as, “building materials in heavy duty bags” from the truck to the land.
He had previously removed the vehicle’s number plates.
Environment officers from Havering Council passed the CCTV footage to the Environment Agency and the police.
Police officers then attended a different location in Romford on July 21, in 2016 where the same vehicle used by Stokes a week earlier was seen being driven onto this site.
Stokes pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. District judge Gary Lucie heard how the Angel Way site went from, “being completely clear to being full to the brim of waste” according to a witness.
Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a great example of the council, police and Environment Agency working in partnership to crackdown on those fly-tippers and ensuring we take the strongest possible action against them.
“We will not tolerate the illegal dumping of waste and we will do everything in our power to help bring perpetrators to justice, especially when it jeopardises the safety and wellbeing of our residents.
“We urge the public to continue to support us in the fight against fly-tipping by reporting it and disposing of their waste legally and responsibly.”
Simon Graham-Harrison, who brought the case against Stokes for the Environment Agency, added: “Stokes’s actions showed a blatant disregard for the environment.
“In cases like this, where the actions of individuals threaten to undermine legitimate waste businesses, we have no hesitation in prosecuting those involved.
“To ensure that the right waste gets to the right place, we encourage the public and businesses to check that their waste carrier is registered on www.gov.uk, and to ask to see a copy of the waste transfer note for the waste. If possible, take a photo of the note on your phone.”
A list of registered waste-carries can be checked online at environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.