A six-foot-high pile of rubbish and 14 dumped drums of used oil has landed an estate agent with a huge fine.
Imran Nizami, from Nizami Properties in Dagenham, was ordered to pay £2,500 on Friday after the massive mound of waste was found fly-tipped on land the company owned.
Barking and Dagenham council enforcement officers spotted the rubbish during a visit to VW House in Selinas Lane in March.
As well as the oil drums, the officers found discarded tyres, a mattress and bin bags full of waste.
Nizami was given a Community Protection Notice ordering the fly tipping to be removed. But when it failed be cleaned up he was issued a £100 fine that was never paid.
At Barkingside Magistrate’ court, Nizami admitted offences under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and was ordered to pay a £1,800 fine with £616 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “We all have a part to play in keeping our borough clean, and although many of our residents and businesses already dispose of their rubbish responsibly, we won’t hesitate to take action against the minority who continue to think the law doesn’t apply to them.
“This landowner allowed the area to end up looking like a rubbish tip, which is not only unsightly but smelly and attracts vermin.
“We gave him several opportunities to resolve the issue, but he chose to ignore us. Today he learned an expensive lesson.”