A 'repeat fly-tipping offender' has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work and had his vehicle seized in Greenwich following a "rigorous investigation'.

Florin Avadanei was convicted on three accounts of fly-tipping by Bexley Magistrates on June 2.

The conviction came as a result of CCTV footage and the input of local residents and business owners, all compiled in a "rigorous" investigation carried out by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Photos from CCTV footage show the waste left behind, and part of the sentencing means the repeat offender's car has been seized.

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Mr Avadanei's punishment was a 18-month community order, 200 hours of unpaid work and he will be electronically monitored during the hours of 8am to 8pm.

Greenwich Council say fly-tipping is something they take very seriously, and the conviction was due to their "unwavering determination to catch Mr Avadenei."

Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, said: "We take a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.

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"The council is dedicated to catching those who show disrespect for our neighbourhoods and will not stop until they are brought to justice.

"As with this case, catching fly-tippers is a group effort and I thank the community for coming together and helping us with our investigation.

"I urge anyone who witnesses a fly-tipper, to help us by providing information like the name or a description of the individual or vehicle you see, and the time and location."

Flytipping is a criminal offence, and although Mr Adadanei is a licensed waste carrier, he had been disposing of waste illegally.

Following his conviction, Greenwich Council has contacted the Environmental Agency to ask for his license to be revoked too.

Contractors must always be registered waste carriers, and whilst illegal operators who will fly tip waste for cheap do exist, anyone whose rubbish is identified in such circumstances will also be prosecuted.

If you witness a fly-tipping incident in progress, you can help by giving the Council details. Anything you tell them will be treated confidentially but please don’t put yourself in any danger by approaching a fly-tipper directly.