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Fly-tippers jailed as accomplice flees

Two men have been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for fly-tipping commercial and industrial waste, while a third man has fled the country.

The case follow an investigation by Birmingham City Council’s Waste Enforcement Unit into fly-tipping of building rubble, fridges, mattresses and 15 sheep carcasses on a pavement and highway in the Aston area.

Between August and October 2015, the council recorded video and photographic evidence that showed there were a total of 15 fly-tipping incidents by three separate, but related, vehicles owned by the defendants.

Ionut Muti and Augustin Dobre, both of Aston, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to two and five offences respectively under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at hearings earlier this year.

Muti also admitted not having a scrap metal dealer’s licence. He was jailed for 11 months and Dobre six months.

The three vehicles involved were seized and Muti and Dobri were arrested in December. Another man left the country and proceedings are ongoing.

Council cabinet member for sustainability Lisa Trickett said: “This case shows we will make every effort to bring to justice anyone that has a blatant disregard for Birmingham’s environment.

“Cleaner streets are a top priority for everyone in this city, so it is important we do all we can to ensure this.

“None of our neighbourhoods should have to suffer the misery associated with fly-tipping. As a council, we are showing we will play our part in keeping communities cleaner and greener.”

Barbara Dring, chair of the council’s licensing and public protection committee, said: “I commend the efforts of all of the investigating officers, who put together a compelling case for the courts.

“I hope a clear message is sent out that enforcement is a power we will not hesitate to use when appropriate.”

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