Fly tipper fined for dumping commercial waste

29 August 2014 in Environment
A fly tipper who claimed a wheelie bin of rubbish fell off his van when he stopped to urinate has been fined £1,000.
Grant Hover of Hilda Road, Canning Town, was found guilty in his absence at Thames Magistrates’ Court last week of dumping commercial and household waste on 9 March 2014 in Wharfside Road, Canning Town.

Newham Council was able to track down the 31-year-old after CCTV cameras caught him dumping the load of household and commercial waste from his work van. His employer was contacted and Hover was identified and interviewed, where he told the council’s enforcement officers that he had stopped to relieve himself. Hover acknowledged that he had dumped the rubbish, but then changed his story to say that the bin had fallen off the back of his van.

On Wednesday 20 August magistrates heard the case and after seeing the weight of evidence which included the CCTV footage and photographs of the rubbish, as well as Hover’s statement to officers, the magistrates found him guilty and sentenced him to a £1,000 fine due the industrial nature of the rubbish. He was also ordered to pay £240 in costs to the council and a £100 victim surcharge – all are due to be paid within 28 days.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “Fly tippers blight the lives of our residents who have asked us to use CCTV cameras, as in this case, to track down the perpetrators who ruin the look of our streets and encourage vermin to breed. Our enforcement teams strive to track down these inconsiderate individuals and make them pay for the inconvenience and disruption they have caused to the taxpayer.

“We hope this prosecution sends a message to opportunists who consider dumping their rubbish on our streets that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, we will track you down and we will make you pay.”