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A HOUSE­HOLDER whose back gar­den was up to FIVE FEET deep in rub­bish has been or­dered to pay £16,000 by mag­is­trates.

The lawn was piled high with rot­ting trash as well as house­hold and builders’ waste, old clothes, bed linen, tree cut­tings, scrap wood and elec­tri­cal items.

The smell was so bad that one neigh­bour said she couldn’t use rooms back­ing on to the gar­den, Croy­don Mag­is­trates heard.

Mukesh Pa­tel was con­victed of two of­fences of un­law­fully keep­ing con­trolled waste in a man­ner likely to cause the pol­lu­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment or harm to hu­man health at the house in south Lon­don.

Colin Green, Croy­don’s en­vi­ron­men­tal crime of­fi­cer, said: “The amount of waste here was sim­ply shock­ing. It made life very un­pleas­ant for nearby res­i­dents for months.”

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