A fly-tipper who was caught on camera dumping three tonnes of building waste without stopping has been warned he faces jail.
On 15 March 2016, a resident’s CCTV camera recorded a Ford Transit tipper truck dropping the rubble, plaster and wood as it drove along Croham Manor Close in South Croydon.
The unregistered van was located and seized in Addiscombe on 11 April and Croydon Council put the video on YouTube in efforts to find the culprit, believing the vehicle had been used for fly-tipping elsewhere in the borough.
Now George Smith of Crowley Crescent, Waddon, has been convicted at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court.
The 40-year-old was found guilty of the Croham Manor Close offence, two other counts of fly-tipping in South Croydon and a fourth fly-tip in Thornton Heath between 12 February and 11 April 2016.
He was also found guilty of failing to respond to a notice under section 108 of the Environment Act.
The court heard Smith, who admitted one count of operating without a trade waste licence, claimed the waste had been dumped by someone else using duplicate number plates on two Ford Transits.
At a hearing on 16 November, District Judge Karen Hammond allowed a bad character application from the council, which included Smith’s previous conviction in October 2016 for fly-tipping in Tandridge district on 12 April the same year.
Smith, who defended himself in court, said he had not been allowed by the Environment Agency to hold a waste carrying licence for more than 10 years.
He will be sentenced on 25 January and was told by the judge that she could not rule out a custodial sentence.
Stuart Collins, deputy leader of Clean Green Croydon, said: “Of all the offenders we’ve prosecuted so far under our ’Don’t Mess With Croydon’ campaign, this was the most shameless.
“Fly-tipping is ugly, expensive to clear and blights communities in Croydon and across the UK, and other offenders need to know they can face jail for crimes like this.
“This prosecution is another excellent result from our dedicated council officers who will continue to catch and prosecute the worst offenders.”