Fly-tipper tagged by court

Article dated Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 11:08 AM

A man caught dumping a fridge freezer on the street has been electronically tagged by get-tough magistrates in Bradford (Friday, May 5).

Aftab Wahid, 39, was caught on hidden CCTV cameras as he dumped the freezer from a people carrier in a fly-tipping hotspot in Barkerend in May last year.

Wahid, of Sticker Lane, Bradford, pleased guilty to one offence of fly tipping and one of being in control of a vehicle which was used for fly-tipping.

He was given a Community Order consisting of a 12 week, 7pm to 7am, curfew monitored by an electronic tag as well as being ordered to pay costs of £150 and a Surcharge of £85.

Prosecutor Aneeka Sarwar said that the cost of cleaning up fly-tipping nationally between 2015 and 2016 was £5 million, which was why the Council took the offences very seriously.

She said that Wahid was interviewed after the registered keeper of the vehicle told Council investigators that his business partner had been in charge of the people carrier when the offences took place.

During the interview Wahid admitted that he had dumped the fridge freezer after picking it up from his sister’s garden.

He agreed to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice but when he did not pay it, the Council decided to take him to court, said Ms Sarwar.

Mohammed Farooq, for Wahid, said that there was a culture in Bradford where certain areas were assigned by the public for dumping waste and that fly-tipping was a common problem.

“That culture needs to change,” said Mr Farooq.

He said that Wahid had intended to take the fridge freezer to the recycling centre and dispose of it properly but had not done so.

When he was due to take children on the school run he decided to dump the freezer to make some room in the vehicle. Wahid did not pay the Fixed Penalty Notice because he lost his job and could not afford it. 

Following the case, Ian Day, Bradford Council’s Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods and Customer Services, said: “From the sentence imposed in this case it is clear that the courts take these offences very seriously indeed. 

“We are determined to prosecute as many fly-tippers as we can and this case serves as a stark warning to those who prefer to blight our community rather  than dispose of rubbish by the proper means.”

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