Fly-tipper’s Mercedes van crushed by Council after court case
“Fly-tip in Kirklees, and we will crush your vehicle”. This is the message we are sending out to fly-tippers with the release of a new video showing a Mercedes van being torn apart and scrapped.
The vehicle was seized as part of the prosecution of Mohammed Eesaa Zaman, a Director of Huddersfield based Bedworld Ltd. Zaman, and an employee of the company both pleaded guilty at Huddersfield Magistrates Court to a charge of fly-tipping.
Following the guilty verdict, we applied for a destruction order with the intention of crushing the £8,000 van.
Seen supervising fly-tipping
The court case heard how Zaman was seen supervising the loading of the waste into the Mercedes at a property in Walker Street, Earlsheaton. He was then seen supervising the off-loading of it when it was fly-tipped in Dewsbury later that same day.
We cleared and disposed of the fly-tipped waste, consisting of household furniture, white goods, builders’ waste and other household waste using an excavator, council vehicles and trailers at a cost of £2,585.
Our message to fly-tippers
Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for the Environment said:
“This is possibly the clearest message we can send to fly-tippers who think they can use Kirklees as their personal dumping ground and who believe they are above the law. We will not tolerate this criminal and anti-social behaviour, what is more, most Kirklees residents will not either.
The successful outcome of this court case was aided by photographic evidence provided by residents who also gave witness statements about the guilty parties. On behalf of the Council and the other residents of Kirklees, I would like to thank them for their support. It just goes to show that together we can keep Kirklees cleaner and greener.”
Zaman was also fined a total of £4,753, which included the clean-up costs. The employee who drove the van was also fined £300 for his part.
Anyone spotting fly-tipping or wanting to report an incident to the council can do on its website at www.kirklees.gov.uk/flytipping