A person engaged in fly-tipping, who unlawfully deposited construction waste on Trafford Grove in Harehills, has been instructed to pay over £1,900 in fines and costs following a successful prosecution by Leeds City Council.
Mr Dumitru, previously residing in Dorset Terrace, Leeds, admitted to the offence of fly-tipping, as per section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, at Kirklees Magistrates Court on Monday, 2nd October.
The serious environmental crime team of Leeds City Council launched an inquiry after receiving a report, which included CCTV footage of Mr Dumitru in the act of disposing of construction waste on a residential street.
Through local intelligence, the investigation managed to establish the connection between the vehicle observed in the CCTV footage and Mr Dumitru. However, he declined to cooperate with the investigation and failed to attend the initial court hearings.
Subsequently, he was apprehended after a warrant was issued by Kirklees Magistrates Court to ensure his appearance. He pleaded guilty at the final available opportunity and was directed by the court to pay a fine of £830, costs of £1000, and a victim surcharge of £83.
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.”