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Dagenham restaurant fined more than £5,000 for fly tipping

The Balti Cottage dumped rubbish in Goresbrook Road (Credit: Google Maps)

An Indian restaurant in Dagenham has been fined more than £5,000 for fly tipping.

Balti Cottage dumped a large amount of bagged waste in Goresbrook Road on 16 and 19 September 2019. 

Council enforcement officers were called to the area and discovered a large number of receipts for the restaurant among the rubbish. 

They interviewed representatives from the business and gave them two £400 fines for the offences. 

The restaurant appealed the penalties but both appeals were rejected. 

The owner of the business still did not pay the fines and was summoned to Barking Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 31 August 2021. 

They pleaded not guilty and said they did not know how their waste came to be on the public highway, suggesting somebody may have emptied it from their bins and dumped it. 

The business was found guilty and ordered to pay £1,700 for the first offence, £2,000 for the second, £1345 in costs to the local council and a victim surcharge of £170. 

“Businesses have a responsibility to dispose of their waste correctly and this restaurant has failed to do so,” said Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. 

“We won’t stand for anyone making our streets look dirty, whether that be a resident, a shop or a restaurant and if we find out they’re fly tipping, we will take enforcement action.”

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