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Guilty charge for Sutton fly tipper - 14.12.09

A Sutton man has been charged in connection with fly tipping after a sofa was dumped in Sutton Court Road.

The case against Justin Mitchell of St Andrews Road, Coulsdon, was heard at Sutton Magistrates Court last week (2 December).

Sutton Council brought charges against Mr Mitchell following a report from a concerned member of the public who witnessed the incident.

Mr Mitchell pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting the offence but denied that he actually carried the sofa out himself, stating that he had lent his vehicle to someone else who had dumped the sofa.

The court ordered Mr Mitchell to pay a total of £215 in charges including £100 costs, a £100 fine and a £15 victim surcharge.

Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment, said: "We take a very harsh view of those that seek to pollute our landscape and anyone caught fly tipping will be prosecuted. It is not fair for the selfish minority to blight our streets and open spaces with waste – we are all part of the team that keeps Sutton clean."

The council employs a dedicated street scene enforcement officer to tackle fly tipping and fly posting and will remove waste dumped on public land within one working day of it being reported.

Residents who need to dispose of bulky waste items are encouraged to contact the waste management team and arrange a collection.

To report fly tipping or fly posting or to arrange a waste collection please contact the council's waste management team on 020 8770 5070. For further information or to email a report visit

Last updated: Monday, 14 December 2009

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