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Fly-tipper Gets Dumped with £1,100 Court Bill After Refusing to Pay Fly-Tipping Fine

An off licence owner has become the first person to be prosecuted by Waltham Forest Council for refusing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) issued to him for fly-tipping.



Mehmet Pektas, who owns the Coppermill Off Licence in Walthamstow, was caught out after bags of fly-tipped trade waste were dumped close to the premises on two separate occasions in July 2016. An officer from the Council’s Neighbourhoods team spotted the waste and was able to trace the contents back to the off licence.



Despite being caught red handed Mr Pektas refused to pay the FPNs that had been issued to him, so the Council referred the matter to court.



Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “This prosecution shows our commitment to tracking down and punishing those responsible for fly-tipping. We lobbied the Government for powers to issue FPNs for fly-tipping offences, and have led the way on using them with over 130 £400 fines issued so far. If offenders think they can get away with ignoring these fines they can think again, as we will seek court action against anyone who refuses to pay.



“There is simply no excuse for enviro-crimes such as fly-tipping and we will continue to take the strongest possible action against those who blight our borough through their irresponsible actions.”



Mr Pektas, of Middleham Road, Edmonton, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 2 December. He pleaded guilty to two fly-tipping offences and was fined £400, as well as being ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £660 plus a £40 victim surcharge, bringing the total financial penalty to £1,100.



Earlier this year Councils in England and Wales were given the power to issue FPNs carrying a fine of £400 to anyone caught fly-tipping, which means they do not need to resort to court action. However Councils do have the option of seeking prosecution if fines are not paid. Waltham Forest Council has issued over 130 FPNs since these powers came into place.



Waltham Forest Council is already leading the way in the fight against enviro-crime, and in particular fly-tipping. Last year it became one of the first Councils in London to utilise new powers allowing them to crush vehicles that had been seized as they had been used for fly-tipping.



The Council’s Neighbourhoods team carries out regular patrols for fly-tipping, and it will use all of the powers at its disposal, including CCTV footage and sharing intelligence with neighbouring boroughs, to track down and punish those responsible.



Residents can report fly-tipping and other enviro-crime offences by visiting www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/neighbourhoods.



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