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.


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