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Bexley duo handed large fines after fly-tipping

PUBLISHED: 10:51 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 November 2014

Fly tipping, which as become a major problem in Newham (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Fly tipping, which as become a major problem in Newham (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

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The pair had dumped fridges and rubbish in the car park of Morrisons in Erith

Two irresponsible individuals have been stung with hefty fines at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday 10 November following a successful prosecution by the council.

Stefan Boros, 38, of Gregory Crescent, Eltham and Rodica Ghiurca, 29, of Elm Grove, Erith, both pleaded guilty to charges that they fly-tipped on the ground by the recycling banks at Morrisons car park, James Watt Way, Erith.

The fly-tipping took place in two separate incidents. The first was on March 29 2014, when a fridge and three large bags of rubbish were dumped. The second incident was on March 31 2014, when a large fridge freezer and a small fridge containing refuse were left in the car park.

Boros also pleaded guilty to two further charges of failing to produce a waste carrier’s licence authorising him to transport refuse and of scrap metal dealing without a scrap metal dealer’s licence.

In mitigation the defence said that there had been a lack of forethought and that the offences were negligent rather than pre-planned. They apologised for all the offences committed.

The fly-tipping duo were given fines of £350 for each of the two fly-tipping charges and each must pay a £101.33 compensation order, £500 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

In addition, Boros was fined £100 for each of the remaining two charges concerning failure to produce a waste carrier’s licence and scrap metal dealing without a scrap metal dealer’s licence.

After the successful prosecution, Bexley’s cabinet member for the environment and public realm,Don Massey, said: “This particular prosecution raised significant environmental and safety issues. Children can become trapped and suffocate in abandoned fridges and freezers. The gas used in fridges and freezers is also very dangerous and needs to be disposed of in a controlled manner, to avoid risks to health and the environment.

“Fly-tipping, along with unlicensed scrap metal dealing and unlicensed refuse transportation, have a detrimental effect on the environment, raise community safety issues, incur clean-up costs for the borough and cause loss of amenities.

“The prosecution sends out a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated by the London Borough of Bexley.”

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