London,
09
October
2017
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18:12
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£4,500 for dumping rubbish in Epping Forest

Five people have been ordered to pay out more than £4,500 in fines and costs for dumping rubbish in Epping Forest.

The City of London Corporation brought the prosecutions at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 28 September.

Rubbish dumped included tree cuttings, remains of a shed and car parts.

- David Green of Sudbury, Suffolk, pleaded guilty and was convicted of fly-tipping on Forest land in the High Beech area on 5 September 2016. He was ordered to pay a fine of £320, costs of £260 and compensation of £100 with a victim surcharge of £32.

- Tracey Oliver of Swansea, Wales, pleaded guilty and was convicted of driving a vehicle used for fly-tipping on Forest land in the High Beech area. She was ordered to pay a fine of £120, costs of £267 and compensation of £41 with a victim surcharge of £30.

- Gitta Schwarcz of Haringey, North London, pleaded guilty and was convicted of failing to ensure that her waste was passed on to authorised persons. She was ordered to pay a fine of £300, costs of £372, compensation of £41 with a victim surcharge of £30.

- Irshaad Dandoo of Chelmsford, Essex and Muhammad Jummun of Walthamstow, London, pleaded guilty and were convicted of fly-tipping on Forest land off Earl’s Path, Loughton. They were each ordered to pay a fine of £800, costs of £373, compensation of £50 with a victim surcharge of £50.

Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, said:

“These prosecutions show how seriously we take fly-tipping in Epping Forest. Even leaving small amounts of rubbish at any of our Sites of Special Scientific Interest or helping others to do so, is completely unacceptable. We will always prosecute those who think it can be used as a dumping ground.”

The City of London Corporation offers a £500 reward to people who can provide evidence which leads to a prosecution for fly tipping. Epping Forest bosses are encouraging the public to dial 020 8532 1010 if they can help with information that stops fly tipping.

The City Corporation cleans up an average of 600 fly tips and 300 tonnes of rubbish every year in Epping Forest at a cost of £250,000. This is money which could be spent on managing the Forest. Volunteers spend over 7,000 hours a year collecting litter in Epping Forest.

Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest open space, attracting 4.2 million visits a year. It has over one million trees, some of which are up to 1,000 years old – including 50,000 ancient pollards of Beech, Hornbeam and Oak.

The City of London Corporation manages over 11,000 acres of green space across London and south east England, including Epping Forest, Hampstead Heath and Burnham Beeches, with many of its sites designated National nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their unique ecology and rare plant species.

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