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The following story has been published today by Bexley Council Environmental Crimes Unit:-
13 November 2014: Two irresponsible individuals were issued with hefty fines at Bexley Magistrates' Court on Monday 10 November following a successful prosecution by the Council.
Mr Stefan Boros, 38, of Gregory Crescent, Eltham and Mrs Rodica Ghiurca, 29, of Elm Grove, Erith, both pleaded guilty to charges that they fly-tipped on the ground by the recycling banks at Morrisons car park, James Watt Way, Erith.
There were two separate incidents. The first was on 29 March 2014, where a fridge, two large bags of rubbish and a bag of refuse was fly tipped. The second incident was on 31 March 2014, when a large fridge freezer and a small fridge containing refuse was fly-tipped.
Boros also pleaded guilty to two further charges of failing to produce a waste carrier's licence authorising him to transport refuse and of scrap metal dealing without a scrap metal dealer's licence on the above dates.
In mitigation the defence said that there had been a lack of forethought and that the offences were negligent rather than pre-planned. They apologised for all the offences committed.
Both defendants were given fines of £350 for each of the two fly-tipping charges and each must pay a £101.33 compensation order, £500 costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
In addition, Boros was fined £100 for each of the remaining two charges concerning failure to produce a waste carrier's licence and scrap metal dealing without a scrap metal dealer's licence.
After the successful prosecution, Bexley's Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm, Cllr Don Massey, said: "This particular prosecution raised significant environmental and safety issues. Children can become trapped and suffocate in abandoned fridges and freezers. The gas used in fridges and freezers is also very dangerous and needs to be disposed of in a controlled manner, to avoid risks to health and the environment.
"Fly-tipping, along with unlicensed scrap metal dealing and unlicensed refuse transportation, have a detrimental effect on the environment, raise community safety issues, incur clean-up costs for the borough and cause loss of amenities.
"The prosecution sends out a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated by the London Borough of Bexley."
Erith Watch were an instrumental part of this successful prosecution, though details cannot yet be published, as another prosecution is in process, and any publicity could endanger the court hearing.
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