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Fly-tipper fined £1,000 plus costs for dumping rubbish in Smethwick

Published 2nd December 2016

Fly-tipped rubbish in Smethwick

A court has ordered a man to pay £1,757 for illegally dumping black bags, garden waste, a suitcase and shoes in the Black Patch area of Smethwick.

Sandwell Council prosecuted 26-year-old Akar Bahiden after nearby workers spotted him dumping the rubbish out of a car in Woodburn Road.

The council tracked down the car and at court yesterday (Thursday 1 December), Bahiden, of Napier Street, Burton-on-Trent, pleaded guilty.

Wolverhampton Magistrates fined him £1,000 and also ordered him to pay £657.34 in court costs and a £100 victim’s surcharge.

The incident happened on 14 March this year and, since then, the council has installed CCTV cameras in the Black Patch area to deter and catch fly-tippers.

And from this week (1 December), the council will now be issuing £400 fines for fly-tipping across Sandwell, as a quicker alternative to court action in suitable cases.

Sandwell Council leader Councillor Steve Eling said: “Fly-tipping is a real concern for residents, businesses and the council.

“We welcome this prosecution which comes in the same week that we’ve stepped up our enforcement action to tackle this scourge.”

Councillor Preet Gill, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Fly-tipped rubbish not only looks awful but also poses a real public health concern and attracts vermin.

“This case shows we will take firm action against fly-tippers wherever we have evidence, and we thank local workers who gave information so we could bring this successful prosecution.

“I would urge residents to contact the council to report fly-tipping. Together we can help keep Sandwell clean and safe.”

You can report fly-tipping online or by calling 0121 569 6625.

There are several ways of getting rid of unwanted goods properly. 

The council’s tip is open from 8am to 4pm every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The tip is free for Sandwell residents to dispose of household rubbish and unwanted items from their own home.

Go to the bulky waste page for advice on disposing of bulky waste.

Local organisations including Community Furniture will also collect unwanted furniture for re-use – details are on their website.