A man who was paid to remove waste and deposit it lawfully later dumped it illegally in a road in Brent.
Christopher Stokes, owner of PJ Rubbish Removals, was fined £1,180 after pleading guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday (February 24) to flytipping.
The court was told Stokes, from Billsby Lodge, Wembley, picked up waste in his Ford Transit van from an east London address on February 23 last year, and then dumped it in Essoldo Way, in Queensbury. He had been paid £280 by the client, a letting agency, to remove the waste legally.
The 42-year-old was spotted flytipping by a witness, who contacted the police and provided a statement to Brent Council. Stokes was arrested five days later.
During his sentencing, the defendant was told his fine must be paid in full within six months or he would face seven days imprisonment.
Cllr George Crane said: “Mr Stokes’ behaviour is despicable... taking money from a client, who is led to believe he is getting rid of their waste lawfully and then dumping it in the streets of Brent.
“Flytipping is extremely antisocial behaviour - it’s unsightly and not fair on other residents who get rid of their waste responsibly.
“We take flytipping offences very seriously in Brent and encourage anyone who sees items dumped in the streets to email the council on email@example.com so we can investigate.”
He also thanked the witness who reported Stokes, saying: “It would have been very easy to walk away from seeing this and do nothing, but this person helped the authorities and also showed a care for their local neighbourhood.”
Earlier this year a newsagent was fined for flytipping in Cricklewood Broadway.