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More success in tackling fly-tipping

Published Monday, 02 July 2018

Council officers have prosecuted a resident after they failed to comply with a Section 108 notice.

Muhibur Rahman of Stockton Road in Hillfields was fined £660 at Coventry Magistrates Court last week and ordered to pay costs incurred.

Mr Rahman failed to assist council officers with how waste had appeared from his garden into the alleyway at the rear of his property.

Magistrates heard from council officers who explained how Mr Rahman failed to cooperate with the council.

Council officers from the street enforcement team were contacted by local cllrs after it became clear that Mr Rahman was ignoring a request to remove waste from alleyway behind his property.

Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader Coventry City Council, said: “Earlier this year we were able to use a Section 108 notice where people obstructing an enquiry by withholding information were prosecuted for fly tipping.

“Once again this case highlights to potential culprits, that we will do all that we can to catch the fly-tippers.”

Levels of fly-tipping remain high in the city. In recent weeks street cleansing teams in the city have been targeting parts of the city were there has been a problem with the anti-social behaviour. 

The Council is funding an extra mobile fly-tipping team along with two extra street cleaning barrows. Last year the Council prosecuted 35 people for fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is an offence and the fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if dealt with at Crown Court) or an offender may face a prison sentence.

There are 15 cases currently going through the judicial system this year.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, a local ward councillor, added: “If you witnesses fly–tipping please report it. Enforcement officers will, and do prosecute the offenders as long as they can gather evidence.  It’s inconsiderate – and in Coventry we just won’t accept it.”

Anyone who wants to report fly tipping at www.coventry.gov.uk/reportflytipping or call 08085 834333.  

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