Hefty Fine For Houghton Fly-Tipper Who Failed to Pay Fixed Penalty

A local man, captured on CCTV fly-tipping a wardrobe and a Christmas tree, has been fined almost £1,700 after he failed to pay the original smaller fixed penalty.

The incident occurred on 2 January 2018 at The Old Bottle Bank in Houghton Regis and was captured on CCTV by Central Bedfordshire Council. The council’s environmental protection officers investigated and linked the vehicle license plate to Sebastian Radzikowski from Longbrooke, Houghton Regis.

Mr Radzikowski was interviewed and issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice after he confirmed he had emptied the waste from the vehicle. He accepted the fine but then failed to pay.

Mr Radzikowski subsequently attended Luton Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping. He was sentenced to a fine of £792, ordered to pay costs of £825 and a victim surcharge of £80, amounting to a total cost of £1,697.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We have a zero-tolerance attitude toward fly-tipping in Central Bedfordshire. Our teams work relentlessly to ensure fly tippers are brought to justice.

“This case demonstrates the value of our investment in CCTV and shows how these cameras can help reduce crime and achieve prosecutions.

“We want Central Bedfordshire to remain a great place to live and work. Failure to properly dispose of your waste is simply not acceptable, and we will take action against anyone caught.”

Residents can help to reduce this crime by reporting any incidents of fly-tipping to CBC's customer services team on 0300 300 8302 or by emailing customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.