‘Negligent’ fly-tipper faces £645 bill after dumping rubbish near Ilford cemetery

Buckingham Road Cemetery in Ilford.

Buckingham Road Cemetery in Ilford. - Credit: Archant

A fly tipper has been handed a bill for £645 after dumping waste near Buckingham Road Cemetery, less than 150metres from her home.

Nicoleta Mirea, 41, of Frances Avenue, Ilford, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday, when she pleaded guilty to the offence.

The court heard how a street cleansing officer found four green sacks of domestic rubbish dumped by the cemetery gates, in Buckingham Road, Ilford, on November 30 last year.

Before clearing them away he broke open the bags to see if there was any evidence who left them.

The court heard he found papers that linked Mirea at her home, which was no more than 150m away.

Under interview Mirea accepted that the bags were the type she normally used, but did not say how they had come to be fly-tipped.

Redbridge Council officers put it to her that she missed her refuse collection and dumped the rubbish, which she denied.

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Following her guilty plea Mirea said: “I don’t want to add anything. I admit that I am guilty and want to apologise.”

She was fined £200, ordered to pay a £20 surcharge and £425 costs, a total bill of £645.

Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “This is the third fly-tipping conviction we have secured since June and there are plenty more prosecutions awaiting court. This case shows that Redbridge are determined to catch individuals who fly-tip and ensure they are prosecuted.

“In recent weeks the court has handed out an £850 bill for a man who dumped a wardrobe, a £765 bill for a woman who dumped a mattress, and now a £645 bill for dumping four refuse bags. They are each heavy financial penalties and this is the price you will pay when caught.”