Merton Council prosecutes fly-tipper

Merton Council has prosecuted South Wimbledon resident Kashif Malik for a fly-tipping offence at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

Mr. Malik was summoned to appear at the Magistrates’ Court and was convicted of fly-tipping late last year. He was sentenced to pay a fine of £600, the victim surcharge of £60 and ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £1,000.

A Circle Housing Merton Priory employee discovered items of old furniture, glass and general waste fly-tipped on the footway beside the communal recycling in Hatfield Mead in Morden On 22 December 2013. The Circle Housing Merton Priory employee reported the incident to Merton Council. An investigation by the council’s waste enforcement team found that Mr. Malik, a local resident and property manager, caused the fly-tip following the clearance of one of his local properties.

This action is part of the council’s anti-litter campaign. Every year, the council spends £5 million keeping the borough’s streets clean by tackling litter and fly-tipping. The council uses several methods to pursue fly-tippers, including CCTV cameras and enforcement officers.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: “The majority of our residents want to work with us to keep Merton clean and tidy. People should be warned that anyone we catch fly-tipping could face a court conviction and substantial fines. Our enforcement teams are on the lookout for offenders and won’t let them get away with fly-tipping. Also, it is important that residents know their responsibility to ensure anyone calling at their home offering to take away building waste and other rubbish for a fee has the correct licence, otherwise, they might find themselves in court.”

If people witness fly-tipping, they should note down as many details of the event as possible and let the council know by visiting merton.gov.uk/street-cleaning.

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