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Dagenham man ordered to pay £795 for failing to clear household waste from front garden

Picture of an eyesore garden in Chaplain Road, Dagenham

A Dagenham resident has been ordered by the courts to pay £795 for failing to clear an accumulation of waste from his front garden.

Mr Charles Headley from Chaplin Road was issued with an eyesore garden warning letter in September 2017 but refused to do anything about the issue.

A letter was sent following complaints about the accumulation of waste in his front garden consisting of around ten bags of household waste and a pile of wood.

Mr Headley failed to deal with the problem and was then issued with a community protection notice (CPN) in October 2017 in provision with section 43 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 that gives 21 days for the waste to be removed.

The CPN was breached and a fixed penalty notice for £100 was issued on 9 November as a discharge of liability for the original offence.

No payment was made, and Mr Headley was sent a summons to appear in court.

The case was heard at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 20 July and although Mr Headley failed to attend the case was proved in his absence.

He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £545 in costs to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He also faced a £30 victim surcharge.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “This is another great example of our determination to clamp down on eyesore gardens across Barking and Dagenham.

“They are a nuisance to residents living in the same neighbourhood. We welcome people who identify anyone who refuses to act in a manner that is socially responsible.

“Please help us to help you as if you don’t report they won’t get caught.

“I am pleased to see our enforcement teams challenging owners and we will continue to take the strongest possible action against those who continue to break the rules.”

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