‘Armchair Bandit’ fined over £2,000 for illegal rubbish dumping

5 June 2019

A man caught in the act of dumping an armchair on a Willesden pavement has been found guilty of flytipping and fined £2,085 as a result of enforcement action taken by Brent Council.

Mr Stephen McCaul, from Dollis Hill, was photographed removing the chair from his van and dumping it at the side of Villiers Road, Willesden by a eagle-eyed Neighbourhood Manager. Mr McCaul was initially issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice. When he refused to pay up, Brent Council filed a case at Willesden Magistrates Court. The case was heard on 30th May 2019, where Mr McCaul was found guilty.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: "We will not tolerate illegal rubbish dumping in Brent and this latest victory shows that where we can pursue prosecution we will. Everyone has a legal duty to ensure that their waste is disposed of correctly - this includes checking that the people who take away large items for a fee are registered providers."

The council operates a special collection service for up to five large items. More details: https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/recycling-and-waste/types-of-collection/special-collection-service/