A fly-tipper has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after a neighbour helped Lambeth council enforcement officers catch him.
Jose Campanha of Streatham Vale was caught dumping rubbish bags on the street outside his neighbour’s property after she set up a web cam to film him.
Lambeth officers then swooped, prosecuting him under the Environmental Protection Act and taking the case to court.
After failing to appear in court for his trial on Tuesday, magistrates slapped down £3,000 worth of fines, a £120 victim surcharge and costs of £1,990 – meaning Campanha must pay a total of £5,110.
The result demonstrates the importance and value in local residents providing the council with evidence of fly tipping offenders.
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, said: “Fly tipping and dumping rubbish on the street is totally unacceptable and the council had received similar complaints about this individual in the past.
“With the help of a neighbour, our enforcement team gathered enough evidence to prosecute him and the magistrates handed down a fine that will hopefully be big enough to make him think twice about doing this again.
“We are determined to stop fly tipping on the streets of Lambeth and catch offenders like this, who blight people’s lives with their crass and selfish actions.”
Lambeth residents are infuriated by fly tipping– bulky objects like old furniture and excess rubbish bags dumped in their streets – and are helping catch those responsible by providing information and evidence through Lambeth’s online reporting system.
Local ward councillor John Kazantzis said: “I am delighted to see this well-known local fly-tipper finally being brought to justice.
“Fly-tipping is a blight on the local environment and this individual was a repeat offender.
“He has reportedly been dumping his rubbish outside his flat for years and shop and outside the house of a nearby local resident whose life he had been making a misery. It was with the help of this resident, who took her own footage that the council was able to get enough evidence to prosecute him.”
Campanha now has 21 days in which to appeal to the Crown Court against conviction or sentence.
Residents wishing to report fly tips and provide evidence, should visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/flytipping.