Fowl-play by chicken shop

The owner of a chicken takeaway shop has been fined £1,750 for allowing his staff to repeatedly dump rubbish on a Southall pavement.
Mr Raja Hussain, owner of Sam’s Chicken, 20 South Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 22 November. He was found guilty of seven charges of failing to prevent illegal disposal of waste from commercial premises and fined £1,750.

He was also ordered to pay £1,192.52 in council costs, and a £120 victim surcharge, bringing the total owed to £3,062.52.

An investigation by Ealing Council’s envirocrime prevention service revealed staff from Sam’s Chicken dumped 35 bags of waste on the footpath outside the shop on seven nights in April and May 2013. These incidents of fly-tipping were caught on CCTV cameras.

The investigation also revealed the owner was convicted for similar fly-tipping offences in October 2011.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “It is astounding that someone who has already been caught fly-tipping had the cheek to dump more bags of waste on the footpath outside his shop. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will continue to investigate and prosecute irresponsible owners and businesses who break the law regarding waste disposal.”

Fly-tipping can be reported online or by calling the council’s 24-hour Grimebusters hotline on 020 8825 8825.