A Walsall man appeared before Dudley Magistrate courts last week charged with fly-tipping offences that date back to 2018 and 2019, and for which he has been given a substantial fine.
Mihai Coroitoru of Corporation Street, Walsall, pleaded guilty to depositing numerous bags of household waste on separate occasions at Spout Lane in Walsall. In mitigation, Coroitoru told the Deputy District Judge that he was ‘not aware’ that the Council had waste disposal centres in the borough and that he had only deposited the bags at the site - because of the visible waste that was there already.
Taking into account of his ‘guilty plea’ and income, the Deputy District Judge then fined Mr Coroitoru £400 and ordered him to pay the Council’s costs of £300 as well as a victim surcharge of £40 – resulting in a total penalty of £740.
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader, portfolio holder for Communities Leisure and Culture said:
“Fly-tipping is an absolute scourge and has a massive impact on the whole community and Walsall is absolutely sick of it. The Council will not hesitate to take enforcement action against culprits, including prosecuting them in the courts."
"Our Household waste recycling centres remain open 7 days a week, even in lock down. It is unacceptable to say you are ‘unaware’ of them, or had no understanding that fly-tipping is illegal. Let’s be clear here - there is no excuse for this crime.”
Notes to editors
- Fly-tipping in Walsall costs the borough approximately £500, 000 a year in clear up costs.
- Walsall Council where necessary will use all the powers at its disposal to tackle Fly-tipping and ASB - including the seizing of vehicles.
- If you have information that relates to fly-tipping and which may help us secure criminal evidence please report it in confidence here email@example.com or call the fly tipping hot line on 01922 653355