Man fined hundreds for dumping waste near Wanstead Flats
PUBLISHED: 16:48 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 10 October 2016
Susanna Lascelles/City of London Corporation
A man was prosecuted and fined hundreds of pounds after dumping bags of waste on some of the borough's most ancient woodland.
Vijay Lakhani, 49, of Forest Gate, plead guilty to dumping five bags of waste on land near Wanstead Flats and was ordered to pay a total of £652 at Thames Magistrates Court.
The prosecution was brought by the City of London Corporation, which manages the land as part of Epping Forest.
The forest’s head keeper, Martin Newnham said: “Fly tipping is completely unacceptable and we take a zero-tolerance approach to it. “It is unsightly, dangerous and damaging to the environment.
“Our job is to protect Epping Forest land and we will prosecute anyone found to be carrying out this sort of illegal activity.”
The incident was discovered following a tip-off by a member of the public in April and Mr Lakhani received the fine on Thursday, September 29.
A £500 reward is offered by the corporation to individuals who can provide evidence which leads to prosecution for fly tipping.
Areas of the open space have been designated as a site of “special” scientific interest and are important for acid grasslands and ground nesting skylarks.
Meadow pipits and other migrating birds are also a common sight and ponds in the area are another haven for wildlife.