Man fined for fly-tipping in country lane
At Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, Verdine Christopher Mohamed, 33, of Heath End Road pleaded guilty to fly-tipping rubbish which included black plastic sacks, cardboard packaging, food packaging and a silver plastic bin at Wall Lane, Silchester in September last year.
During the hearing on Tuesday 22 March, the court heard that the household waste was discovered by a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council cleansing operative and after inspection a packaging label was found with a relative’s name and Mohamed’s address.
Magistrates fined Mohamed £984, told him to pay £573 towards prosecution costs, £209 in clear-up costs and £98 in victim surcharge.
Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Regulatory Services Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “As a council we will continue with our zero-tolerance approach and will prosecute offenders where it is appropriate. This is a significant fine and the defendant now has a criminal record. I hope this acts as a deterrent for any would-be fly-tippers.”
Fly-tipping carries a maximum of five years imprisonment at crown court. Since May 2018 the council has convicted 41 individuals and companies for fly-tipping and related waste offences.
You can report fly-tipping to the council by calling 01256 844844 or by visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping.