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Fine for shop flytipping

A fly-tipper who admitted dumping waste at the British Heart Foundation shop in Gillingham has been fined nearly £3,000.

Pervaiz Ahmed Khawaja, 58,of Audley Avenue, Gillingham pleaded guilty to two offences which took place on January 29 and 30, 2011.

However, Khawaja maintained that his intention was to donate items to the British Heart Foundation.

Medway magistrates heard that Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team had been called to investigate rubbish dumped at the rear of the British Heart Foundation shop on Gillingham High Street.

The dumped rubbish included mattresses, bedding, doors, and furniture and bin liners of trash.

Mattresses, bedding, doors, furniture and bin liners of rubbish was left at the charity shop Credit: Medway Council

Evidence at the scene led the officers to Khawaja. But when council officers visited his home, he denied any involvement.

Khawaja was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the British Heart Foundation, £825 for investigation and legal costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer First Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “Dumping waste outside the British Heart Foundation shop was a selfish and uncharitable act – leaving the charity and the council responsible for clearing up the mess.

“Khawaja should have known better and disposed of the waste in the correct and proper way. Now he is nearly £3,000 out of pocket and has a criminal conviction.”