Flytipper picks up double fine from Merton

Merton Council successfully prosecuted a flytipper last month after he was caught dumping tyres on the roadside and was also late for court.

Mr Brown, of Herne Hill, was in court on Friday 20 January after being caught dumping tyres in Willow Lane industrial estate. On seeing evidence from a hidden camera used as part of a covert operation to catch flytippers, Mr Brown was told to pay £1,215 in total including an £800 fine, costs of £400 plus the victim’s surcharge of £15 for the flytipping offence. As a separate matter, Mr Brown was fined £25 after he was almost an hour late arriving for court.

In sentencing, the Magistrate referred to the seriousness of this crime and the difficulty the council faces disposing of tyres as well as the cost to taxpayers in doing so.

Councillor Andrew Judge, Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration said:

” Flytipping is a criminal offence and removing it costs the council about £250,000 each year. Cases such as this should remind those thinking of flytipping that the council is very serious about this issue and will use all methods available to catch those blighting our streets with their waste.”