A man who ignored calls to remove car-trailers that were cluttering up a residential street for a decade in north-London has been ordered to pay £6k after a landmark court case for the UK.
Mr Saiyed Hanif of Orchard Close, Alperton, was ordered to pay just under £6,000 by Harrow Crown Court after the Judge upheld a Community Protection Notice from a case brought to magistrates by Brent Council earlier this year.
It is the first time in the UK that a Community Protection Notice - a power that councils have under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 - has been upheld at Crown Court level, marking an important step in the crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
After receiving numerous complaints from residents of Orchard Close, Council officers investigated and asked Mr Hanif to remove his cars and trailers, which were stored illegally without number plates or any form of permit. Despite clear evidence showing that the land is public highway and is not for Mr Hanif to do with as he wishes, he refused to cooperate and a Community Protection Notice was issued.
Local Authorities were given powers under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act in 2014, allowing them to issue CPNs in circumstances where a resident's behaviour is unreasonable and having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living in the local area.
Mr Hanif was ordered by the Judge to remove his trailers and vehicles from the street within 28 days, after which Brent Council would remove and destroy the vehicles in order to uphold the court's orders.
The Judge also warned that failing to pay the fine within six months would result in 28 days imprisonment.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
"This prosecution sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate people abandoning their vehicles in our area and causing upset to residents close by.
"We are determined to make Brent a clean, green and safe place to live, and this includes making sure the selfish actions of a few do not impact on the majority. If you are responsible for an eyesore and don't clear it up, then you should be prepared to face the financial consequences as well as ending up with a criminal record.
"A special thanks to our diligent Enviro-Crime enforcement officers, who persevered with this case to make sure justice was done."