Fly-tipper fined after being caught on camera

We have successfully prosecuted a fly-tipper who unlawfully dumped rubbish on a country lane from his company’s work van.

On Wednesday 31 August 2022 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court, Tani Ismaili of Montgomery Grove, Dunstable, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste. He was ordered to pay a total of £2,566.36, including a fine of £800, full costs of £1,686.36 and a victim surcharge of £80.

The court heard how Ismaili used a company vehicle to fly-tip a large amount of rubble, bags and plastic buckets in Coles Lane, Flamstead, on 27 February 2022.

A Environmental Enforcement Officer went to the lane the next day to investigate a report of fly-tipping and found the waste dumped by the roadside. Covert camera footage showed two people dumping the waste from a Ford Transit van.

Further enquiries made by our officers confirmed the vehicle belonged to a company in Luton and was used by employee Ismaili outside of working hours at the time of the fly-tipping offence. He was interviewed under caution by our team and admitted to the offence.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “This prosecution shows the full consequences of being involved in a fly-tipping incident. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers have shown how thoroughly they investigate all incidents of fly-tipping as part of our zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime.”

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping incidents. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign, which is used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.