FLY-TIPPING in a borough with free bulky waste collections “beggars belief”, a councillor has claimed.

Cllr Sheila Bain, cabinet member for civic pride, slammed offenders for damaging Redbridge’s environment and “disrespecting” residents.

Enforcement officers dished out 400 £400 fines to offenders so far this year.

Cllr Bain said: “Fly-tipping is one of the issues we spend too much time and money on in Redbridge.

“It beggars belief that in a borough that still has free bulky waste collections, anyone feels the need to use the cover of night to dump rubbish in our streets.

“£400 isn’t a price worth paying when residents can have their old mattresses, furniture or white goods picked up for free.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to those who continue to flout the law and disrespect the Borough’s people and environment. They face far heftier fines and penalties when we use the full weight of the legal system against them.”