A HEFTY fine has been handed out after building materials were dumped in forest land.

Lorean Illias was caught fly tipping paving stones, rubble and roofing material in Claypit Hill, Waltham Abbey from a Mercedes Sprinter van on 10 January 2016.

After eluding the authorities and dodging a number of hearings in 2016, the Gascoyne House, Hackney resident was brought in to Chelmsford Magistrates Court on December 14, 2017 following a warrant issued for his arrest.

Illias admitted to the charge, leaded magistrates to dub the offence a reckless act in a place of Special Scientific Interest.

He was ordered to pay fines and costs of £1686 including £724.81 for Epping Forest Council's prosecution costs, a Victim Surcharge of £73 and £150 to the Corporation of London for clearance work.

Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “Fly tipping is a selfish and criminal act and a blight on the environment. We recognise it is a growing problem across Essex but it will never be tolerated in Epping Forest and we will continue to pursue the offenders.

"Those convicted of breaking the law in this way can expect to receive heavy fines.”