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Homeless fly-tipper 'put children's lives at risk'

PUBLISHED: 13:21 21 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41 21 January 2015

Fly-tipping

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Anton Munteanu was given a jail sentence

A father-of-four has been jailed for fly-tipping after putting children’s lives at risk by dumping fridges and freezers.

Anton Munteanu, 46, of no fixed abode, admitted seven charges of fly-tipping, two charges of failing to have a waste carrier’s licence and one charge of scrap metal dealing without a licence at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.

The construction worker dumped rubbish at the recycling banks in James Watt Way, Erith, and Hawley Road, Dartford, on various dates between September 2013 and April last year.

Munteanu, who was already subject to a suspended prison sentence for a previous offence, was given a 26-week jail term and ordered to pay £1,000 towards clean-up costs. His red Mercedes van, which he had used to look for scrap, was also seized.

Cllr Don Massey, Bexley Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Dumping fridges and freezers runs the risk of children getting trapped inside and suffocating.

“It is the height of irresponsibility and must be taken extremely seriously.

“Added to this, there is the environmental damage caused by fly-tipping, clean-up costs - and the loss of public amenities.

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