Flamstead fly-tipper fined after successful prosecution

Fly-tipped rubbish in Coles Lane, Flamstead

We have successfully prosecuted a fly-tipper who assisted his uncle to dump rubbish on a country lane.

Kashan Rathore, of Runley Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste on Wednesday 8 June 2022 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court. He was ordered to pay a fine of £480, costs of £744.41 and a victim surcharge of £48.

The court heard how Rathore, assisted his uncle, Khawaja Wani, to fly-tip in Coles Lane, Flamstead, on 27 September 2021. We prosecuted Wani, of Harefield Road, Luton, on 11 May 2022.

Our Environmental Enforcement Officer attended Coles Lane on Thursday 30 September 2021 to investigate a report of fly-tipping. A pile of waste consisting of wooden items had been dumped by the roadside. A review of a mobile camera installed by the location, captured images of two occupants of a vehicle dumping the items on Monday 27 September 2021.

Our enquiries confirmed the vehicle had been hired by Khawaja Wani at the time of the fly-tipping offence. He was interviewed under caution by our Environmental Enforcement Team and admitted the offence and confirmed his nephew, Kashan Rathore, had assisted him with dumping the waste.

Kashan Rathore failed to attend an interview but after receiving a follow-up letter, called our Environmental Enforcement Team to confirm involvement but stated he did not get out of the vehicle to deposit the waste. This was contrary to his uncle's account and also the covert camera images.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “This prosecution shows that all parties involved in a fly-tipping incident will be prosecuted. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers have shown how thoroughly they investigate all incidents of fly-tipping as part of our zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime.”

We are part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign, which is used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.