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Takeaway boss feels ‘harassed’ after paying £1,400 for fly tipping in Derbyshire street

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A Derbyshire takeaway manager has been told he must pay more than £1,400 in fines and council costs after being caught fly tipping in the street outside his eatery. Outraged witnesses spotted Mehmet Goran wheeling a fridge from UK Chicken and Pizza onto the pavement in Market Place, Heanor .

The 38-year-old was then seen to go back inside the shop and return with a floor mat, toaster and a cardboard box which he placed on the pavement next to the fridge. An Amber Valley Borough Council operative attended the location the next day and cleared the waste.

A day later, a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for an illegal deposit of waste was issued to Goran, but he failed to pay up and no appeal was received by authorities disputing the issuing of an FPN.

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Goran recently attended Derby Magistrates Court, where he faced one charge under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 committed on June 28, 2021. He told magistrates he had placed the items outside of the shop for them to be collected by the scrap metal collector but he had failed to attend, resulting in council workers collecting the waste.

He also told the court that he did not know if the scrap metal dealer had a waste carrier’s licence. Mr Goran said the council has prosecuted him before and that he feels “harassed”.

Justices sentenced Mr Goran, of Jersey Gardens, St Ann’s, Nottingham, to a fine of £800, taking into account his guilty plea, along with an £80 victim surcharge, and council costs of £525 – a total of £1,405 to be paid in 28 days.

Councillor Tony Harper, Amber Valley Borough Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration and community safety, welcomed the outcome. He said: “The cost to clean up fly tipping significantly impacts on the council’s budgets, and is averse to helping to keep our high streets and town centres looking attractive.

“I welcome this prosecution and hope it acts as a deterrent to others thinking about illegally disposing of waste.”

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