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Fly-tipper ordered to have vehicle crushed

A fly-tipper who dumped a van load of rubbish in a residential area is to have his vehicle taken away to be crushed.

Mohammed Nadeem, who dumped old furniture in Styles Gardens, Loughborough Junction, is the latest in a long line of offenders who have been prosecuted for fly-tipping after Lambeth council enforcement officers have pursued convictions against them.

Four previous cases brought by Lambeth council against fly-tippers this year alone have resulted in driving disqualifications, thousands of pounds worth of fines and referrals to the Environment Agency to revoke individuals’ waste carrying licences.

Nadeem was caught on CCTV in February and council officers traced him by identifying his yellow van that he used for fly-tipping.

After pleading guilty at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, he was fined £440 and last week a judge accepted Lambeth council’s application to have his vehicle taken away from him, subject to appeal.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth cabinet member for Environment & Transport, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and we will use every power we have to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“It is a crime that blights our environment, offends our residents and costs us a great deal of money to clear up. Fines and prosecutions can be effective is deterring offenders, but taking away the vehicles they use to carry out fly-tipping actually prevents them from reoffending.

“We need residents to help us catch more of these criminals – as this case shows, sometimes just a number plate can result in a prosecution.”

Residents can report fly-tipping and provide information about offenders using the council’s online reporting form – www.lambeth.gov.uk/flytipping

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