Named and shamed: fly-tipper fined in court
Published: 10 July 2019
An Ilford woman who dumped a dismantled bedframe in a car park has been fined as the council continues to crack down on people who make a mess of the borough.
Pauline Lemba first tried to leave the metal bedframe in a communal household waste bin for residents of Tomswood Court, in Mossford Lane.
After realising it would not fit the 41-year-old, also from Tomswood Court, brazenly dumped her rubbish against an adjacent wall – despite notices in each block warning against fly-tipping and estate residents being sent information about the Council’s free bulky waste collection service.
An eagle-eyed witness later reported Lemba for fly-tipping to the Council’s Enforcement Team.
After failing to co-operate with their investigation Lemba was summoned to appear in court, which she ignored, resulting in her arrest on a warrant.
Following a trial at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 28 July 2019, Lemba was found guilty of fly-tipping. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay a contribution towards costs of £200. A victim surcharge of £20 was also imposed, along with an order to pay clean-up costs of £56. The total amount coming to £276.
Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said:
“There is no excuse for the dumping of bulky waste, 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.
“I want to thank the person that reported the offence and for helping in our fightback against fly-tipping. We will not hesitate to prosecute the irresponsible people who make a mess of our borough.”
Residents can arrange for their bulky waste to be collected for free.