Two offenders have been fined over £3,000 for fly-tipping and littering, after both were caught on camera. One was caught by Central Bedfordshire Council's closed circuit television (CCTV) and one on a dash cam provided by a member of the public.
Both offenders were caught in separate incidents, the first at the Poynters Road roundabout and the second at the bottle bank situated on the High Street in Houghton Regis. Both offenders were asked to attend Luton Magistrates Court last week. One of the offenders attended court and pleaded guilty. The other did not attend, but was found guilty of failing to respond to a Section 108 questionnaire.
Lutfur Rahman, a taxi driver of Lollards Close, Luton was caught fly-tipping on two separate occasions at the Houghton Regis High Street bottle bank. He was caught dumping a small fridge freezer, four black bin bags, a child’s car seat and some boxes during Thursday 22 May 2017 and Tuesday 4 July 2017. Rahman pleaded guilty and was fined £1,200, ordered to pay costs of £955 and a victim’s surcharge of £120, totalling nearly £2,275.
On 22 May 2017, a female of Highcroft, Leighton Buzzard and the driver of her vehicle were caught throwing takeaway type boxes from her car. She failed to attend court and was found guilty of not responding to the Section 108 questionnaire and was fined £440, ordered to pay £375 towards prosecution costs and £44 victim surcharge, totalling £859.
Councillor Budge Wells, our Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: "These prosecutions are another great result for our Community Safety Operations Team. By using dashcam images provided by a member of the public and our own CCTV images, it shows how cameras can help reduce crime, nuisance and anti-social behaviour, and assist in securing arrests and prosecutions.
"We have a zero-tolerance attitude toward fly-tipping and littering in Central Bedfordshire, and our Environmental Protection, CCTV, Waste and Legal teams work relentlessly to ensure offenders are brought to justice.
"We want Central Bedfordshire to remain a great place to live and work. Failure to properly dispose of any type of waste is simply not acceptable, and we will take action against anyone caught - regardless of the type or quantity of discarded waste."