Successful prosecutions send warning to fly-tippers

Published Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Fines amounting to more than £2,700 have been handed out to Coventry residents for fly-tipping, following investigations by Coventry City Council environmental crime officers

A picture of some of the flytipping

During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a stark rise in fly-tipping in Coventry and the rest of the country.  Coventry’s head of environmental services says it send out a timely message that culprits who flout the law will be caught.

On 20th April 2021 Mr Hassan Yasif Abdullah, of Telfer Road, Coventry, Mrs Marian Boanu, of Telfer Road, Coventry, CV6 3DR, and Miss Madalna Craciun, of Grangemouth Road were all found guilty of non-compliance of section 108 notice Environment Act 1995 served in relation to fly-tipping.

Collection orders were granted for £569.00, £569.00 and £1626 for each of the residents.

Craig Hickin, Head of Environmental Services, Coventry City Council, said: “We investigate thousands of incidents of fly-tipping every year and take action where evidence is available.

“Our approach includes both education and enforcement, but it is always important to highlight when prosecutions against individuals have been secured.

“In 20/21 there were 10727 cases of flytipping, but it is important to state that the vast majority of our residents dispose of rubbish correctly and legally. We’ve taken 6346 actions against those responsible during that time, which includes warning notices, fixed penalties or prosecutions.

He added: “We have a number of approaches to fly-tipping and we are increasing the amount of CCTV surveillance that we use across the city.

“Fly tipping occurs in more low-income areas where there is a higher population concentration and more short-term lettings.

“It is an eyesore for the people who live in these areas, that’s why we also encourage local people to report fly-tipping and any evidence they can pass on.”

Anyone can report these incidents anonymously by going to or calling 08085 834333 .

Existing approaches to fly-tipping and new ones planned include:

  • Targeting resources to the areas worst affected by fly-tipping
  • Increased foot patrols in areas worst affected
  • Co-ordinated educational campaigns in harder to reach areas
  • Use of CCTV in the worst affected streets
  • Encouraging the public to notify the Council as and when these incidents occur
  • Encouraging the public to come forward with any intel as to who may be responsible
  • Continuing to investigate ALL reported incidents across the city and take appropriate formal action as and when required

Coventry City Council