Joint prosecution brings prolific fly tipper to court

A prolific fly-tipper dumped mattresses, builders' rubble and other waste around Slough and south Buckinghamshire for over a year, a court heard.

Mohammed Afzal, 65, of The Crescent, Slough, admitted nine counts of illegally dumping of waste behind homes, near footpaths and beauty spots, and two further counts of waste licence infringements, when he appeared at Reading Crown Court.

On two occasions Mr Afzal fly-tipped just a few yards away from Chalvey household waste and recycling centre in Slough, where it would have cost a small fee to dispose of the rubbish safely and legally.

Mr Afzal used four different vehicles to commit the offences.

He appeared via video link from where he is being held in custody at Reading Crown Court on Thursday 5 November where he admitted nine counts of fly tipping and two relating to licence infringements between May 2019 and June 2020.

Mr Afzal admitted nine counts related to the following spate of fly tipping incidents which left building waste and assorted other materials dumped in many Slough and Buckinghamshire locations:

  • 27 May 2019 at Spackmans Way, Slough
  • 16 June 2019, also at Spackmans Way, Slough
  • 28 July 2019 at The Myrke, Datchet, RBWM
  • 3 December 2019 at Uxbridge Road, Slough
  • 11 February 2020 at The Greenway, Tylers Green, Bucks
  • 12 March 2020 at Allerds Road, Burnham, Bucks
  • 31 March 2020 at St Pauls Avenue, Slough
  • 10 June 2020 at Walton Lane, Burnham, Bucks
  • 14 June 2020 at Lake Avenue, Slough.

Mr Afzal also admitted using a false waste transfer note on 4 July 2019 and failing to produce a waste carrier licence when requested on 13 August 2019.

Her Honour Judge Kirsty Real was told the offences were being prosecuted jointly by Slough Borough Council and Buckinghamshire Council.

Prosecutor Nicholas Ham, told the court the councils were going to ask for the usual costs related to the clearance of the sites and costs of bringing the case against the prolific offender.

He added: "More unusually, the sentencing judge will be asked to consider the forfeiture of the vehicles seized and the defendant to be disqualified from driving."

Judge Real remanded Afzal in custody until sentencing in December for pre-sentence reports to be prepared where all sentencing options were open.

Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for planning and regulation at Slough Borough Council, said: "This man has been not only a thorough nuisance, but a fly-tipper who has picked up rubbish and dumped it wherever he liked leaving Slough Borough Council and Buckinghamshire Council staff to clear it up.

"Fly tipping is not just a visual a mess but it can be an environmental issue.

"People who offer to take waste away for a fee need a licence from the relevant authority to do so. Residents can be accountable if fly tipping is traced back to them."

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council's cabinet member for environment and climate change said : "This is an excellent example of how joint enforcement operations against waste criminals can produce results, and I'm pleased we've been able to work with colleagues at Slough Borough Council to bring this prolific offender to court.

"In terms of waste crime, this is the worst kind of offender - repeated fly tipping for financial gain with complete disregard for both the environment and the rest of society.

"We now await sentencing, when justice will be served."

Mr Afzal captured on camera committing one of the offences