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Say Cheese! Fine for Fly-tipper Caught on Camera

A fly-tipper has been convicted, fined and left very red faced after his attempts to dump waste on land managed by Waltham Forest Council were captured on CCTV.

On the morning of Sunday 20 December 2015 Martin Maffia, 52, of Vicarage Road, Leyton, dumped a large pile of bulky waste on a grass verge at the Sidings estate in Leytonstone, which is managed by the Council’s property services team.

After discovering the fly-tipped waste Council officers reviewed the footage on a nearby CCTV camera, which thankfully caught Mr Maffia in the act. The officers were then able to track him down and present him with the incriminating footage.

On Friday 6 May Mr Maffia appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court, where he entered an early guilty plea to the charge of unlawfully depositing items of waste. He received a criminal conviction, was fined £200, and was ordered to pay costs of £926.20 (including £500 towards the costs of clearing the waste) – a total financial penalty of £1,126.20.

“While this fly-tipper chose a quiet Sunday morning to carrying out his illegal activity, he obviously didn’t see the CCTV camera watching his every move,” said Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

“It’s baffling that this gentleman didn’t choose to dispose of the items lawfully using the services we provide, but now he’s been prosecuted and fined I’m sure he won’t make the same mistake again.”

Waltham Forest Council offers a large item collection service, which allows residents to have up to five items collected for free at a time. Collections can be booked online via the Council website. There are also three Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Waltham Forest.

Local authorities can now issue fly-tippers with Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) which carry a fine of up to £400. This news has been welcomed by Waltham Forest Council as it has been leading the call for the government to introduce them for a number of years.

Waltham Forest Council led the call for new powers to allow local authorities to issue on-the-spot fines for fly-tippers, which have now been granted. This means the Council can now slap fly-tippers with Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) carrying a fine of up to £400.

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