Laura Sharman 20 May 2016

Council hits out at paltry fly-tipping fine

A London council has called on fly-tippers to be given higher fines after someone was fined £320 for dumping a truck load of rubbish on a residential street.

Gabriel Prempeh was found guilty of fly-tipping after CCTV filmed him dumping piles of rubbish in Tottenham, London.

He was fined £320 and ordered to pay £585 costs.

However, leader of Haringey Council, cllr Claire Kober said fly-tippers should face tougher legal action.

She said: 'The £320 fine isn’t much more than a slap on the wrist, it’s time the courts gave higher fines and tougher sentences to people who dump rubbish on our streets.

'Fly-tipping is a blight on our communities and a health hazard and costs councils £50m a year to clean up. Every penny councils spend on clearing up fly-tipping could be better spent on help for older people, our libraries or parks.'

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