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Feb 20 2013

Fine mess over fly-tipped waste

harrow_council_logoA prolific fly-tipper found himself in a fine mess after Harrow Council’s Envirocrime investigators brought him to justice.

Ben Tickner, of Larkspur Close, Ruislip, pleaded guilty to three counts of fly-tipping at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Feb 12).

Tickner embarked on a fly-tipping spree when he was paid to remove and dispose of waste from a building in Enfield. He illegally dumped bags of building waste on private land in Lucas Avenue and King’s Road.

Tickner had denied all knowledge of the waste when he was formally interviewed on two occasions by Harrow Council’s Envirocrime investigators. The Council received complaints of fly-tipping in a number of private roads in Rayners Lane in November 2011. The waste in all areas contained DIY and house renovation waste, with paperwork in the fly-tips that linked the waste to an address in Southgate, North London. Further investigations unearthed phone records, a vehicle registration number and a business card that linked Tickner to the removal of the waste.

Harrow Council’s Divisional Director of Environment, John Edwards, said: “We take fly-tipping extremely seriously – it is a crime that blights our community and costs taxpayers thousands of pounds each year. This prosecution underlines the fact that we will make every effort to bring offenders to justice and make them face the consequences of their actions.”

Tickner was handed a £300 fine for the offence, along with a £15 victim surcharge and £250 in court costs.

Source: Harrow Council

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