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June
2018
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14:26
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Enfield man fined over £2,500 for dumping waste in Epping Forest

A man from Enfield has been ordered to pay over £2,500 for fly-tipping asbestos in Epping Forest.

He was found guilty of dumping the waste in Wake Valley car park in the ancient woodland, which is managed by the City of London Corporation.

He has been ordered to pay a fine of £500, £562 in compensation as well as £1,500 towards costs.

The City Corporation brought the prosecution at Chelmsford Crown Court on 23 May.

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

“No matter how big or small, we have a zero tolerance policy against fly tipping in the Forest.

“It is dangerous to visitors and harmful to the wildlife that depend on this magnificent ancient woodland.

“We take every single case seriously and we will prosecute every time we have evidence to take these environmental vandals to court. We continue to create a hostile environment for fly tippers.”

The City 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.

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 and volunteers spend over 7,000 hours a year collecting litter in the ancient woodland.

Epping Forest is London and Essex’s largest open space, attracting nearly five million visitors a year.

ENDS

Notes to editors

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