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Residents help in fight against fly-tipping in Lambeth

A woman has been found guilty of fly tipping after a witness reported her to a council enforcement team.

Ms Jennifer Grant was spotted dumping bags of rubbish at the corner of Greyhound Lane and Rotherhill Avenue in Streatham in May.

An eye-witness provided a statement, which gave Lambeth Council the necessary evidence to prosecute Ms Grant.

Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Lambeth Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Fly tipping is a crime that simply ruins the local environment and really upsets residents.

“It is often very difficult for us to prosecute fly tippers for lack of evidence but thanks to an eye witness contacting the council’s fly tipping enforcement team and the crime itself being caught on camera, we were able to take this particular perpetrator to court and get a conviction.

“If anybody witnesses fly tipping in the borough I’d encourage them to come forward and tell us so we can catch those responsible and reduce the rubbish dumped on our streets.”

After pleading guilty to the offence, Ms Grant was given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay £100 costs at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on 29th July.

The magistrate noted that: “People who dump rubbish cause additional cost to the taxpayer.”

Lambeth brought three other successful littering prosecutions at the court on the same day, which resulted in the imposition of fines and costs totalling £580.

To report fly-tipping in Lambeth visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/report-fly-tipping, call 020 926 9000 or e-mail streetcare@lambeth.gov.uk.

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