Fly-tipping fine of £36,572.50 for accountancy firm

In April 2017, an investigation was undertaken by Environmental Health Officers at Brent Council after local residents reported rubbish being dumped near the office of Ommegas Services Ltd, an accountancy firm, in Kingsbury, Middlesex.

The discovery of shredded documents led to the identification of the firm and a £400 fixed penalty notice was issued against them. The firm was also issued with several warnings about waste disposal by the Enviro-Crime Enforcement team at Brent Council. However, the firm continued to illegally dispose of rubbish on further occasions.

Ommegas Services Ltd denied the offence and its director, Ovidiu Datcu, did not attend the hearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on 10 April 2018. The firm was found guilty of breaching Section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined £36,572.50. This is the largest fine for fly-tipping in the borough of Brent.

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