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Gormless man caught fly-tipping in front of CCTV camera

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Man fined for dumping waste on land owned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest council

An injudicious man has been fined after he fly-tipped an amount of waste within the direct range of a Waltham Forest Council CCTV camera.

The unobservant offender will now be wishing he had paid more attention to his surroundings on Sunday, December 20, when he travelled to the site near Sidings estate in Leytonstone, east London, and dumped a significant amount of waste on a grassy area.

CCTV used to identify fly-tipper

CCTV captures fly-tipper in the act

Unfortunately for the culprit, Mr Martin Maffia, the site on which he chose to fly-tip is monitored 24 hours a day by a strategically placed CCTV camera, which had been installed in that area on behalf of Waltham Forest Council.

The council was alerted to the fly-tipped rubbish and simply perused the security footage in order to catch the culprit, who was identified via his van’s registration number.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, voiced his confusion as to the man’s actions, as the local authority in this district offers a free collection service for five bulky items at any one time.

Councillor Loakes said: “It’s baffling that this gentleman didn’t choose to dispose of the items lawfully using the services we provide, but now he’s been prosecuted and fined, I’m sure he won’t make the same mistake again.”

Mr Maffia pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Stratford Magistrates Court on Friday, May 6, where he was fined £200 and ordered to pay an extra £926.20 in clean up and prosecution costs.

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