Four fly-tippers prosecuted after being caught by surveillance cameras

White goods and furniture fly-tipped in rural lane near Flamstead

We've successfully prosecuted four fly-tippers after they were caught by mobile surveillance cameras dumping rubbish in rural locations.

All pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste and were collectively ordered to pay fines of £4,378, costs of £3,487.72 and victim surcharges of £436 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 11 May.

The court heard that the incidents took place between the dates of 31 March and 3 October 2021.

Ismail Parllaku, of Hartington Road, London, was fined £1,120, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £112 and costs of £867.23 for fly-tipping 15 cardboard boxes, 10 black refuse sacks and a stepladder at Coles Lane, Flamstead, on 31 March 2021.

Khawaja Wani, of Harefield Road, Luton, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and costs of £744.44 for fly-tipping furniture at Coles Lane, Flamstead, on 27 September 2021.

Selvin Mathew and Baby Joseph, who live at separate addresses in Gardenia Avenue, Luton, were caught fly-tipping household waste consisting of dining chairs, sofas, a TV and fridge freezers and other smaller household items in the same incident at a rural lane near Flamstead on 3 October 2021.

Selvin Mathew was fined £2,000, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190 and costs of £938.03. Baby Joseph was fined £258, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £938.02

As part of the investigations, all defendants were traced by their vehicles and interviewed under caution by our enforcement officers about the offences. All admitted to the investigating officers that they had unlawfully deposited the waste. We then sought prosecution for all of these offences.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “This is a successful day at court in the battle against fly-tippers. In Dacorum, we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime and in particular fly-tipping. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers work hard to assess and visit every reported incident of fly-tipping in the borough to gather evidence and investigate, where possible, who was responsible for dumping it and or where it has come from. The team will then issue Fixed Penalty Notices or collect evidence for larger prosecutions if necessary.

"In 2021-2022, we issued a total of 59 Fixed Penalty Notices for waste crime as well as prosecuting four fly-tippers. We continue to be at the forefront in tackling waste crime in Hertfordshire, and these recent successes are a good start to 2022-2023 and testimony to the hard work of the Environmental Enforcement Team."

If you see fly-tipping, please report it via our online reporting tool on our fly-tipping page.

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.