Fly-tipper trapped by Birmingham City Council

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A FLY-TIPPER who was caught illegally dumping more than 250 used vehicle tyres at sites across Birmingham was today given a two year community order and disqualified from driving for six months at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

Mohammed Latif of Mendip Avenue, Alum Rock, pleaded guilty to two charges of dumping controlled waste at sites in Nechells and Washwood Heath, and two further charges of illegally transporting waste without holding the necessary waste-carriers’ licence. He also pleaded guilty to separate charges of theft, possession of drugs and common assault and was ordered to pay £150 compensation.

Latif’s prosecution followed a complaint from a member of the public in Washwood Heath who saw him dumping 200 used tyres on private land in Aston Church Road in September 2007.

This followed a previous incident in May 2007 when a police officer caught Latif in the act of dumping 50 tyres on private land off Crawford Street in Nechells.

Following a joint investigation by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police, Latif was discovered to have between 1,000 and 2,000 tyres stored in the back garden of his council-owned house, in breach of his tenancy agreement. In interview he admitted charging clients about 30 pence each for the disposal of tyres, despite not holding a waste carrier’s registration.

Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, said: “We take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and are determined to work proactively to bring offenders to book and drive them out of the city.

“Fly-tipping materials not only cause a serious blight on the appearance of a community but they can often act as a magnet for further rubbish to be dumped on the same site. Commercial waste such as tyres or chemicals can also pose a serious health risk, which is why the law requires all waste-carriers to be licensed and only dispose of such material at a dedicated specialist site.

“The rate of 30 pence is clearly below the current commercial costs of disposing of tyres and those businesses disposing of tyres through Latif will be subject to investigation for potential breaches of Duty of Care legislation.”

Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan of West Midlands Police added: “This successful prosecution has resulted from effective enforcement partnership between the police and Birmingham City Council. It shows the importance of co-operation at a neighbourhood level to react to local concerns, build confidence in the community and show tangible differences to the community. This action supports all of those welcome aspirations.”

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