£1000 fine for rubbish offences on Epping Forest
Ciprian Nechita of London E7, has been ordered to pay a total of £1003 for dumping 15 bags of household rubbish on Wanstead Flats, part of Epping Forest.
His co-defendant, Vasile Bilibou was convicted on the 6th January for the same offence and ordered to pay costs of £857 and a fine of £385 totalling £1242.
Both defendants had failed to appear following summons in September 2016 and were subsequently tracked and arrested separately for the offences, with assistance from the Metropolitan Police and London Borough of Newham fly-tipping Task Force.
The fine was a victory for the City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland of Epping Forest. It brought the prosecutions at Thames Magistrates Court in Bow.
Philip Woodhouse, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest committee said:
“We take it very seriously when people’s rubbish ends up being dumped in and around Epping Forest. Not only is it unsightly and dangerous but it causes damage to the environment as well.
"Our job is to protect this ancient woodland and we will continue to prosecute anyone found to be carrying out this sort of illegal activity."
A live cat, a goat, several large dogs, a dead donkey and 16,000kg of building waste are just some of the things that have been dumped in Epping Forest in recent years.
The City of London Corporation offers a £500 reward to individuals who can provide evidence which leads to a prosecution for fly tipping.
It cleans up an average of 600 fly tips (almost two per day) 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. It is important to note, volunteers spend over 7000 hours a year collecting litter in Epping Forest.
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.
Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest open space, attracting nearly 5 million visits a year.
Susanna Lascelles, Media Officer, City of London Corporation
T 020 7332 1754
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About the City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:
- We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, makes grants of around £20 million annually to tackle disadvantage across London.
- We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important commons in London.
- We also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies, all reflecting a long-term approach.
See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details