Repeat Offender Jailed for Fly-tipping

The below case warns others fly-tipping will not be tolerated and local authorities will consider prosecuting you if you are caught committing fly-tipping offences.

A joint prosecution by Buckinghamshire Council & Slough Borough Council has resulted in Mohammed Afzal being jailed for 21 months.

In addition, once Mr Afzal is released from prison he is banned from driving. This driving ban has been imposed to prevent him from re-offending and in turn prevent the streets and countryside being spoilt by fly-tipped material.

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court after he previously admitted nine counts of illegally dumping of waste behind homes, near footpaths and beauty spots, in between May 2019 and June 2020. He also admitted to two counts of waste licence violations in both Slough and South Buckinghamshire. These violations involved the use of false waste transfer notes on one occasion and on another occasion failing to produce a waste carrier licence when requested to do so.

For over a year Mr Afzal dumped builders’ rubble, mattresses and other waste. There were two incidents in which he dumped waste very close to Chalvey household waste & recycling centre in Slough, despite the fee for disposing the waste safely and legally there being relatively inexpensive. He was even caught fly—tipping a day prior to his interview under caution relating to a different incident was due to take place.

On 21 December 2020, Mr Afzal appeared before Judge Paul Dugdale at Reading Crown Court who heard he had previously served a 16-month prison sentence for fly tipping, yet once released continued his offending.

A 21-month prison sentence was imposed, and he was banned from driving for 28 months, with the four vehicles he used to commit the offences confiscated. Due to Mr Afzal’s limited income no costs order was made.