Watch brazen fly-tipper dump 1,001 BT phone books in broad daylight

A fly-tipper dumped 1,001 BT phone books at the side of the road and then tried to blag payment for delivering them.

Imran Zafar was captured on CCTV disposing cellophane wrapped bundles of the books on Burbidge Road, in Bordesley Green.

The footage shows him pull up in a silver Ford Fiesta, open the boot, take a single sideways glance and then proceed to flagrantly toss them next to a discarded mattress.

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The brazen 30-year-old then tried to claim £62 from a company called Effipap, which ended up being fined by BT for failing to deliver them.

Zafar, of Ellsemere Road, Alum Rock, admitted charges of depositing controlled waste without a permit and fraud by false representation.

At Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, August 19, which also happened to be his birthday, he was fined £440. Birmingham City Council praised the vigilant person who submitted the CCTV which caught him dumping the books on August 25 last year whilst wearing a cap, grey tracksuit bottoms and a similar coloured top.

Imran Zafar was caught fly-tipping BT phone books in Bordesley Green

Catherine Ravenscroft, prosecuting, said: “He was videod 35 times lifting large bundles and throwing them on to the side of the street. Photographs demonstrate just what 1,001 books looks like.

“Those were supposed to be delivered by Effipap. Mr Zafar worked self employed and was contracted by them. He agreed to do two routes, the first delivery was for 1,001 books. He picked them up at the agreed time then deposited them on the side of the road.

“He then claimed he had delivered them and asked for payment, which was the fraud.”

Imran Zafar
Imran Zafar

She stated the city council contacted Effipap about the rubbish resulting in the company stopping the payment. However the firm was fined £140.97 by BT for failing to deliver the books.

Yaser Taj, defending, said: “He apologises to the court. He understands this should not have happened, he should not have dumped those books and he should not have made a claim they were delivered.

“He is sorry for his actions. He is 30 years old and lives at home with his parents. He is not working and receives Universal Credit.”

Zafar must also pay £400 in costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Passing sentence the Chair of the Bench said: “Actions like these where you are dumping so much rubbish at the side of the road will attract a heavy financial penalty.”

Reacting to the case Cllr John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks, said: “The brazen disregard for our shared environment is clear in this case – which has seen an individual openly dump materials on a public highway in broad daylight.

“But I am reassured and pleased we have people in our neighbourhoods who will not stand for this. I want to place on record my thanks to those who submitted their CCTV footage to ensure we could secure this prosecution.

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