06 Oct 2023

Fly tipper hit with large fine after being caught in the act

Environmental Services

A fly tipper, who dumped construction waste on the side of Trafford Grove, Harehills, has been ordered to pay over £1,900 in fines and costs, after a successful prosecution by Leeds City Council.

Mr Dumitru formerly of Dorset Terrace Leeds, pleaded guilty to fly tipping, under section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, at Kirklees Magistrates court on Monday (2 October).

Leeds City Council’s serious environmental crime team initiated an investigation, following a report being made to the team, which included CCTV of Mr Dumitru being caught in the act of disposing construction waste on the side of a residential street.

The investigation was able to link the vehicle seen in the CCTV to Mr Dumitru utilising local intelligence, however he refused to engage with the investigation and failed to appear at the preliminary court appearances.

He was eventually arrested after a warrant was issued by Kirklees Magistrates court to ensure he appeared at court. He pleaded guilty at the last possible opportunity and was ordered to pay a fine of £830, costs of £1000 and a victim surcharge of £83 by the court.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said, “We will always take swift action to limit the ability of criminals to fly tip in our city and I hope this latest prosecution is a warning to anyone thinking about fly tipping.

“We know our residents feel strongly about fly tipping, and as a council we are committed to using all legal powers at our disposal, to ensure that environmental crime does not pay.”


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