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Heavy fine issued to Hillfields man for fly-tipping amid council crackdown

Felix Nobes 2nd Jul, 2018 Updated: 2nd Jul, 2018

A HEAVY fine has been issued to a Hillfields resident as Coventry City Council clamps down on fly-tipping.

Muhibur Rahman of Stockton Road, Hillfields, was fined £660 at Coventry Magistrates Court last week.

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

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

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

Coun Abdul Khan, deputy leader of the 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.

The council claimed street cleansing teams have been targeting parts of the city were there has been a problem with the anti-social behaviour in recent weeks.

The council says it 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.

The council says 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, the council says.

Coun 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.”

To report fly-tipping go to: www.coventry.gov.uk/reportflytipping or call 08085 834333.

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