A 53-year-old man has been convicted for dumping a large steel drum full of dog mess near Upper Rainham Road in Hornchurch.
The Council is clamping down on fly-tippers and dog mess offenders as part of its Cleaner Havering campaign, with a number of recent prosecutions for the offence.
Jason Sabine of Wickford was collecting scrap metal in the borough on 18 June 2014 in his transit van to sell on to dealers. One of the items he collected was a large drum, which happened to be full of dog mess. Realising that he couldn’t sell it on, he decided to dump it.
Little did he know that the area was covered by CCTV belonging to a resident who was sick and tired of his local area being used as a dumping ground by fly-tippers.
The resident saw the barrel on the morning of Thursday 19 June and swiftly downloaded the footage from the CCTV, which clearly showed Sabine driving down in his van and doing the deed.
The CCTV was given to the Council’s enforcement officers, who tracked Sabine down through his vehicle details.
He admitted the offence when interviewed and appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9 January, where he pleaded guilty. Sabine was fined £200, ordered to pay £438 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“There’s no excuse for fly-tipping. There are plenty of places that will take waste legally, so to just leave it somewhere and expect the taxpayer to foot the bill of clearing it, which quite frankly isn’t cheap, is unacceptable. So we’ll do everything we can to bring offenders to justice, and I ask residents to report any information they have about fly-tippers.”
Fly-tipping carries a maximum penalty of £50,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment when the case is heard in the Magistrates’ Court, or a five-year prison sentence and unlimited fine if the case goes to the Crown Court.
Anyone with information about fly-tipping is asked to come forward by:
Reporting it to the Council online at www.havering.gov.uk/reportit
Police on 101
Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Havering Council on 01708 432563