Two Wellingborough men who were part of an illegal encampment on Tooting Common have been fined by magistrates.
Vehicles associated with the men were suspected of involvement in the dumping of huge amounts of waste and rubbish on the common in September during a three-day occupation by a group of Travellers.
Around 40 tonnes of timber, rubble, mattresses, furniture and other household waste appeared on the common at the same time as the Travellers.
Following an investigation by Wandsworth Council and police, evidence was compiled linking Patrick and Frances Corcoran, both of St Andrew’s Crescent, Wellinborough, and Lionel Brown of Tavistock Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, with flat-bed trucks and transit vans that were believed to be involved in the dumping of the rubbish.
The trio were all sent legal notices by the council requiring them to confirm that they were using the vehicles at the time, and if they were not, to divulge who was.
All three failed to respond, prompting the council to prosecute them for failing to provide the details.
At South Western magistrates court on Wednesday last week, all three were convicted in their absence and each was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £225 plus a victim surcharge of £50.
The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Although we were not able to prosecute them for the flytipping itself, we have certainly hit them in the pocket and we hope this will deter people from dumping waste on Tooting Common or anywhere else in the borough in future.
“We also hope the message will fan out among the travelling community that we will explore every possible legal avenue to bring people to account if waste is dumped in our parks and open spaces.”