A bathtub filled with waste
The dumped rubbish in Otway Street, Chatham.
Published: Tuesday, 30th August 2022

A man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after a bath filled with black bags was found in Chatham.

In October 2021, one of our Street Scene Enforcement Officers (SSEO) visited Otway Street in Chatham and saw a bathtub filled with black sacks near the Cromwell Terrace junction.

After searching the waste, the officer found a torn letter addressed to Juraj Stojka of Otway Street in Chatham.

The 44-year-old was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £200, which would reduce to £120 if paid within 10 days.

Stojka failed to pay the FPN and was sent a reminder in November 2021. He failed to pay and the case was taken to court.

Stojka pleaded guilty to fly-tipping the bath and household waste at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 19 August.

Magistrates fined him £120 and ordered him to pay £294 investigation costs, legal costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £34, totalling £848.

Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Medway

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “We take fly-tipping extremely seriously, dumping any amount of waste is completely unacceptable and can lead to fines, or in this case, prosecution. We all have a responsibility to keep where we live, work, learn and visit clean and tidy and to dispose of our waste responsibly. Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Medway and I would like to thank residents for continuing to report incidents to us.”

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