Wembley man fined £6,000 over car-trailer clutter in landmark court case
PUBLISHED: 12:13 21 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 21 December 2016
A Wembley man who cluttered his street with cars and trailer has 28 days to remove them or they will be destroyed following a landmark court case.
Saiyed Hanif, of Orchard Close, was also fined £6,000 at Harrow Crown Court after flouting a Community Protection Notice.
The court heard Brent Council had received numerous complaints from other residents about his cars and trailers which had been stored on the street illegally and without number plates or permits.
Despite officials pointing out the land is a public highway and not for Hanif to use as he pleases, he refused to co-operate and a Community Protection Notice was issued.
A judge yesterday upheld the notice and warned Hanif to remove his trailers and vehicles from the street within 28 days, after which they would be destroyed.
Hanif was also warned that failure to pay the fine within the same period will result in 28 days’ imprisonment.
Local Authorities were given the power to issue CPNs in circumstances where a resident’s behaviour is unreasonable and having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living in the local area.
The case is the first time such a notice has been upheld at Crown Court level – marking an important step in the crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This prosecution sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate people abandoning their vehicles in our area and causing upset to residents close by.
“We are determined to make Brent a clean, green and safe place to live, and this includes making sure the selfish actions of a few do not impact on the majority.
“If you are responsible for an eyesore and don’t clear it up, then you should be prepared to face the financial consequences as well as ending up with a criminal record.
“A special thanks to our diligent Enviro-Crime enforcement officers, who persevered with this case to make sure justice was done.”
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