A prison sentence and a curfew were among the penalties handed down to an unlicensed waste carrier who fly-tipped in Ongar and Stapleford Tawney.
Behnam Dehghani who is now living in Ilford pleaded guilty to 7 offences at a court hearing in February 2020 but due to COVID restrictions the sentencing hearing was not held until this month.
Evidence gathered by our Environment and Neighbourhood Team led to the prosecution.
Guilty of 7 offences
Magistrates sentenced Dehghani to:
- 9 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months
- A 3-month curfew between 7pm and 7am
- 12 months driving disqualification
- 10 year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)
- Pay our prosecution costs of £2,600 and a victim surcharge of £100
The CBO prevents Dehghani from running or being involved in any waste disposal business, or advertising such services.
Taking action against fly-tipping
Cllr Holly Whitbread, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Services said:
This council is committed to taking action against fly-tipping. Anyone found fly-tipping, or not complying with their household duty of care, may be offered a £400 fixed penalty. But in this case, due to the prolific nature of Deghani’s actions, the matter was prosecuted through the courts.
Fly-tipping is a blight on the Epping Forest district, and costs landowners across the East of England on average £1,000 for each incident. It costs Essex Council Tax payers over £1 million a year to clear fly-tipping from the highway and other council owned land.
This council’s Environmental Enforcement Team will continue to work to address these issues, and take action where appropriate, in conjunction with partner organisations, to ensure that waste is removed by licensed waste carriers and disposed of responsibly.
It is clear that these offences were facilitated by some residents and businesses not complying with their duty of care, by passing their waste onto an unlicensed waste carrier.
Check your waste carrier is properly licensed
Residents must make every effort to check that their chosen waste carrier is properly licensed or they could be liable for a fine if their waste is fly-tipped.
Check, consider, record to protect yourself and reduce fly-tipping by rogue traders.
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