Named and shamed: Fly-tipping shop owner must pay over £4,000 – after blaming junior employee
Published: 12 March 2019
Redbridge Council has sent a clear message that fly-tipping won’t be tolerated after the boss of an Ilford electrical goods store was hit with a huge bill for illegally dumping rubbish.
Shazad Munir, owner of Powerzone, was slapped with fines and costs totalling £4,048 after being found guilty at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 8 March.
The court heard that a council enforcement officer found a bag of illegally abandoned trade waste near the shop in Cranbrook Road in January 2018.
Munir claimed a junior employee was responsible and failed to pay the £400 fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping.
It was then discovered he did not have a legal trade waste agreement after arguing he had an arrangement with a neighbouring business to take away his commercial waste.
Once again, he did not pay a fixed penalty notice – this time for failing to produce a waste transfer note.
Despite his pleas of innocence, the 43-year-old was convicted after magistrates ruled he was guilty of both offences.
A fine of £2,192 - £1,096 for each offence – as well as costs of £1,747 and a victim surcharge of £109 were handed out to Munir.
The court also heard that Munir had been convicted for fly-tipping in 2012.
Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said: “Fly-tipping in Redbridge is totally unacceptable. The council will not tolerate this behaviour because we know the top priority for our residents is clean streets. When this kind of offence is reported or discovered we will investigate, fine and take the case all the way to court, if necessary. Residents and businesses need to appreciate that disposing of their rubbish legally is their responsibility and I hope this latest prosecution sends a clear message that we will take tough action against those who commit criminal behaviour and spoil the borough for others.”
Anyone with information on cases of fly-tipping can report it here or call 020 8554 5000.
Footage of people dumping on the streets of Redbridge is posted on our crime ‘Wall of Shame’ website page so that residents can help catch offenders.
If you recognise anyone, you can get in touch by completing the online form. Reports can be made anonymously.