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Newham fly tippers trapped by task force

11 June 2018 in Environment
Two Plaistow men have been forced to pay a total of over £3k after being caught fly tipping on the streets of Newham.
​Muhammad Akbar of Patrick Road, Plaistow E13, was spotted dumping 18 bags of domestic waste in Rochester Avenue also in E13, located behind Queen’s Market, on New Year’s Eve last year.

Akbar, who is 36, was seen dumping the waste from his Mercedes car at 9pm.

Officers traced his home address from his car registration details. He was interviewed by Newham Council’s fly tip task force, and made a full confession. After pleading guilty at Thames Magistrates Court, Akbar was fined £1,447, ordered to pay the council £980 in  costs, with a victim surcharge of £147.   

The court also dealt with a second man, Suraj Gull who lives at the same address as Akbar, but is not related.

He was spotted on CCTV dumping four black bags of domestic waste from his Honda car in Rochester Avenue on November 29 2017, and a further 18 bags of rubbish on New Year’s Eve.

Sentencing 26-year-old Gull, the magistrate took into account the fact he is not currently working, and imposed a 12 month community order meaning he will need to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,020 costs and a victim surcharge of £85. 

In passing his sentence the magistrate made it clear how seriously he took the offences, and noted that not only did the residents of Newham have to put up with the fly tipping, but had to foot the bill for cleaning it up too.

Councillor Rachel Tripp, cabinet member for the environment said: “Fly tipping is a disgusting and unnecessary crime. It causes our residents enormous distress and frustration, and creates a hazardous environment on our streets, especially for our children.

“I am glad that the magistrates in this case have taken such a strong view, and taken into account not only the harm caused to our community by fly tipping, but the financial burden in puts council tax payers.”