Man threw away 1,000 phone books he was supposed to deliver
A man who claimed to have delivered 1,000 phone books when he actually dumped them on a city street has been ordered to pay Â£ 884 for his offenses following a council inquiry.
Imran Zafar, 30, of Ellesmere Road, Saltley, had been employed to distribute the BT phone books and picked them up from the provider on August 24 last year.
A day later he visited Burbidge Road in Bordesley Green in his car and filed the directories on the road.
He then went to an online business account and indicated that he had completed his delivery route, in order to be paid for the work.
However, Zafar was caught throwing the books away thanks to a private video surveillance system in the street, provided to the council by a local run by the community.
The council, as part of its investigations into the incident, contacted Zafar’s employer who canceled his payment and deleted a second route on which he had to deliver books.
Zafar confirmed he was the vehicle’s manager and driver at the time of the spill, but gave no reason for his actions.
Yesterday (August 19), in Birmingham District Court, he pleaded guilty to two offenses, one under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for throwing away bundles of wrapped phone books cellophane and a second under the Fraud Act of 2006 for making a false statement indicating the directories. had been delivered when they were dropped off at Burbidge Road.
As a mitigation, his legal representative said he was on universal credit and lived with his parents. He apologized for the infractions.
Despite this, the magistrates fined him Â£ 440 (Â£ 320 for dumping and Â£ 120 for fraud), an additional Â£ 400 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of Â£ 44.
Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: âThe cheeky disregard for our common environment is clear in this case – which saw an individual openly throwing materials on a public road in broad daylight.
âBut I’m reassured and happy that we have people in our neighborhoods who won’t take it. I would like to express my thanks to those who submitted their CCTV footage to ensure we can secure this lawsuit.
âWe know that cleaner, greener streets are a top priority for the people of Birmingham. That’s why we’re investing an additional Â£ 7.2million in services – this includes more CCTV cameras that can be moved to sensitive areas and the upcoming launch of Grime Watch, our YouTube series that will help us get information about the identity of offenders so that we can lead to even more prosecutions.
âThose who intend to commit environmental crimes have received a clear message. If you do these offenses the community will help us get you convicted and it could cost you your job.