Council’s fly-tipping campaign claims two further convictions

Ghafour Dhrar Salam fly-tipped materials
Ghafour Dhrar Salam fly-tipped materials

Residents and visitors to Newcastle who think it’s acceptable to fly-tip in the city have been dealt another blow by the City Council’s enforcement campaign, which has this month managed to successfully convict two further offenders both in the Lemington ward of Newcastle.

The prioritisation of fly-tipping and environmental crime has been rewarded as for the fourth year running the City Council has carried out the second highest number of prosecutions for waste crime, nationally.

The first fly-tipping crime took place in the back lane of Gladstone Street by Mr Josh Lennon, aged 24 of Friars Way in Fenham. The contents included wooden palettes, cardboard packaging and a collection of black binbags. Lennon was fined £440 with £176.20 costs, £45 compensation and £44 victim surcharge. Totalling £705.20.

The second case involved Mr Ghafour Dhrar Salam, aged 33 of Wingrove Gardens in Fenham. He was convicted of discarding 2.4 tonnes of building waste next to the Glass Works below High Row and Northumberland Road in Lemington.

The dumped waste consisted of materials from extensive renovation work to Salam’s property, and included rubble, wallpaper and plasterboard. His intentions were to hire a skip, which is a desirable option for that amount of building waste, but instead he opted for a rental vehicle to take the materials to the local tip. Upon loading up the vehicle an unknown passer-by offered to help out. 

The offender said he was turned away from the tip (waste recycling centre), as they aren’t licenced to take industrial waste.  He then took inaccurate advice from the passer-by about where to discard the waste.  This resulted in the fly-tipping offence.  

Salam was fined £709, victim surcharge £70, Prosecution Costs £82.50, Compensation for the clean-up costs £853.71, and Investigation Costs £453.10 totalling £2,168.31  

Both successful cases were heard at the start of March at Newcastle Magistrates Court.

Up until March 2017, the City Council have made 778 prosecutions and issued 972 Fixed Penalty Notices for waste crimes. This has resulted in 2,760 hours of community payback; 71 months imprisonment, and over £268,600 paid in fines and penalties.

Councillor Nick Kemp, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and regulatory services at Newcastle City Council, said: “This is another excellent result for the City Council’s enforcement team. Fly-tipping is a major problem for the city and we will go to great lengths to ensure fly-tippers are successfully fined or prosecuted. Both cases were avoidable. If only the offenders had adhered to the law and disposed of the waste in the right way. 

“Our advice is for residents and businesses to use the appropriate resources available, and if people do use waste removals services to ensure they are reputable and licensed companies.”

Members of the public can report issues of fly-tipping by calling the City Council’s contact centre on 0191 278 7878 or by reporting it online