Named and shamed: Serial fly-tipper fined nearly £1000 in court

Published: 12 August 2019

A serial fly-tipper from Woodford Green has been hit with a hefty fine as the council continues to fight-back against people who make a mess of the borough.

Roxanne Belcher, from Graham Gurling Block, Ray Lodge Estate, was ordered to pay £965 after being caught on CCTV brazenly dumping furniture on three separate occasions, just months apart from each other.

CCTV footage showed her discarding a chest of drawers, a large wooden bedframe and a sofa among other things, in an area designated for household waste on Ray Lodge Estate.

The incidents took place between September and November 2018, despite her being warned earlier by estate managers after being previously recorded on CCTV dumping a TV stand at the same location.

Repeat offender Belcher committed the grime crime even though the council offers a free bulky waste collection, which was widely publicised to estate residents.

After failing to co-operate with enforcement officers investigating the matter the 36-year-old was summoned to appear in court, which she ignored, resulting in her arrest on a warrant. 

Following her appearance at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 2 August 2019, Belcher pleaded guilty to three counts fly-tipping.

She was hit with fines of £520 and ordered to pay costs of £220. A victim surcharge of £30 was also imposed, along with an order to pay clean-up costs of £195.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Dumping rubbish and destroying our environment is a criminal offence and we will not tolerate it. Redbridge is our home and it is all of our responsibility to keep our streets clean.

“I hope the offender in this case finally learns their lesson and thinks twice before discarding rubbish again. The Council offer a free bulky waste collection which could have saved this perpetrator a trip to court and £1,000.”

Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said: “There is no excuse for the dumping waste such as furniture, especially when the council offers residents a service that collects it for free.

“All of our residents deserve to live in a clean and safe environment, which is why we take a zero-tolerance stance against this type of grime crime.

“We will not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the law to prosecute those caught making a mess of the borough.”

Residents can arrange for their bulky waste to be collected for free via: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/book-a-bulky-waste-or-large-item-collection/

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