When Naveed Mohammed from Doncaster decided to dump his rubbish in Huddersfield, he ended up with a fine of nearly £3,000 after being caught in the act by Kirklees Council’s CCTV cameras.
Kirklees Council’s Greenspace Action Team (GAT) officers were called to a reported fly-tip on South Cross Road, Huddersfield and found waste that would be used in the production of cannabis, namely residual soil, lighting, ventilation paraphernalia and fertilisers. A lot of the waste was in distinctive heavyweight green plastic bags.
South Cross Road had been a fly-tipping hot-spot for some time, so the GAT installed a hidden CCTV camera on site. Despite signs clearly explaining that the area was under surveillance, a short while after the installation a fly-tipper was caught on camera.
When the footage was downloaded it showed items, including the distinctive green bags, being taken from a Ford Transit van, and launched onto the banking off South Cross Road in the exact location of the reported fly-tip.
Enquiries into the number plate of the vehicle showed that it had been hired in Huddersfield, from where an officer obtained Mr Mohammed’s name and address.
Although Mr Mohammed failed to attend court on numerous occasions, he was found guilty in his absence, finally arrested on a warrant, and brought to Kirklees Magistrates Court for sentencing.
He was fined £1,754, with a victim surcharge of £175 and was ordered to pay clearance and legal costs of £900.
Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for the Environment said:”It is quite remarkable that people think they can drive into Kirklees and dump their rubbish here and get away with it.
“Fly-tippers need to understand that we have a very proactive team of officers who are using a variety of techniques to identify and prosecute criminals such as Mr Mohammed. If we find you dumping rubbish in our district, no matter where you live, we will do all in our power to track you down and make you pay.”
Anyone spotting fly-tipping or wanting to report an incident to the Council via their website, here.