Published: Monday, 5th August 2019

A man from Chatham has been fined £1,000 for failing to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation.

In November 2018 a member of the public witnessed a man dumping a fridge in Rosebery Road, Gillingham, after unloading it from the back of a van. A Medway Council investigation found that Narcis Ciobanu, of Albert Road, Chatham, was the registered owner of the van. He was sent an letter inviting him to be interviewed about the incident as well as a notice asking questions about the waste but he failed to respond.

Ciobanu failed to attend Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 25 July and the case was proved in his absence. He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and costs of £368.16, totalling £1,468.16.

A man from Gravesend has also been ordered to pay hundreds for failing to have a valid waste carrier and scrap metal licence.

In February 2019, as part of a joint operation with Kent Police, council officers stopped a transit van carrying scrap metal in Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. When asked the driver, Albert Butler, 59, of Rose Avenue, Gravesend could not produce a valid scrap metal licence or waste carriers’ licence.

Butler pleaded guilty to failing to have scrap metal or waste carrier licence at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 25 July. He was fined £750 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £75 and costs of £359.20, totalling £1,184.20.

'Completely unacceptable'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and it is not tolerated in Medway. We are doing all we can to bring offenders to justice as well as those who fail to co-operate and hinder our investigations. Everyone has a responsibility to dispose of their waste properly by using a registered waste carrier. I would encourage residents to check whether the trader they are using is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.”

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