Fly-tipping witnesses could be rewarded

Published Thursday, 14 February 2019

Anyone seeing fly-tipping taking place could be in line for an envirocrime reward.

The news follows prosecution of Godfrey Achaw of Altair Close, London N17 who appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to section 33 Environmental Protection Act 1990 of fly-tipping waste in a service road at the rear of Altyre Way Beckenham. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £838.

“We have no hesitation in prosecuting anyone for fly-tipping or failing in their duty of care. Anyone witnessing fly-tipping happening should call the police immediately and report the details to us. We’re particularly interested if your evidence – a vehicle registration or photograph of the offender, for instance – helps us to prosecute them through the court system and you could receive a thank-you payment from us of up to £500” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.

In August 2018, the council received a complaint that a quantity of waste had been dumped in the service road at the rear of Altyre Way, Beckenham. The witness reported that a vehicle was involved in the fly-tipping incident which included a pile of wood and doors.

The vehicle was from a hire company and investigations revealed that Godfrey Achaw had been the hirer on the day in question. In a pre-arranged interview with council officers, he admitted leaving the waste in the service road claiming to have done so on the instructions of a nearby householder, although he was unable to provide details.

Despite agreeing to a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £400 it was never paid, even though a reminder letter was sent, and court proceedings for fly-tipping followed.

Anyone witnessing fly-tipping or another envirocrime taking place is advised to call the police straightaway and report the details to the council at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime As a ‘thank you’, up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme is available to anyone whose evidence is used to successfully prosecute offenders. A description of the offender, vehicle registration, photograph or any other detailed information could be used as evidence and may enable the Council to prosecute.

Report fly-tipping and dumped rubbish for removal only easily and quickly online at www.bromley.gov.uk/report Dumped rubbish is cleared from the public highway by council contractors usually within five working days of being reported, depending on the quantity involved and location. In some instances, arrangements may need to be made for a special vehicle to remove large-scale fly-tips

Residents and businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly or they could face a substantial fine or court action as part of the ‘Fly-tippers - we’re watching you’ campaign.

For more information and advice on all types of waste disposal, visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

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Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 30 January 2019. Godfrey Achaw pleaded guilty the offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and was ordered to pay fines of £346 costs of £458 plus a surcharge of £34.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk