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North London fly-tipping brothers get community sentence

Two fly-tipping brothers described as the scourge of the capital were sentenced to community penalties at Wood Green Crown Court on February 23.

Peter ODonoghue and James ODonoghue had pleaded guilty to collecting money from householders to take away furniture and electrical appliances before dumping it in streets across Haringey and Enfield, in north London.

Judge Francis Sheridan who was overseeing the case and described their activities as the scourge of the capital sentenced Peter ODonoghue to carry out a community penalty of 210 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a contribution towards the councils costs of £5,200 (£50 per week over two years).

James ODonoghue was given a community penalty of 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £520 towards the councils costs (£5 per week over two years).

The judge told the court that he was sending a strong message to fly-tippers, adding that there was a fly-tipping epidemic and that Enfield Council were doing their best to fight it.

He also said the brothers were guilty as sin.

Enfield Council cabinet member for environment Cllr Terry Neville said: These men dumped around three tonnes of rubbish and building materials in Enfield and Haringey, and bringing them to court was the result of a long and extensive investigation by Enfield Councils environmental crime team.

I welcome the judges comment that Enfield Council is doing its best to fight these disgraceful individuals who blight our land with their dumped rubbish. This sends out a message that we will track them down, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

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