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By Haddenham Webteam - 30th January 2015 12:00pm
One of your website editor's particular bugbears is Fly Tipping. Fly Tipping is an anti-social act that defies all rational logic. Its perpetrators bespoil and pollute our beautiful countryside and are beneath contempt! So it is extremely gratifying to hear of successful local prosecutions of these *#~"#@* (insert your own preferred collective noun!)
Here are three very recent success stories, courtesy of Bucks County Council:
Aylesbury man pays £996 for dumping waste on farmland
Zafar Haider Baig (28) of Langstone Court, Aylesbury, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on 14th January to an offence of dumping waste illegally.
The court heard that on Thursday 3 July 2014, bags of household waste were found dumped off Haddenham Road, Kingsey, Bucks. The witness who found the waste examined it and, finding an Aylesbury address within the waste, reported the incident to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
During an interview with a Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigator, Mr Baig admitted dumping the waste himself. He said he had left the bags of waste on farmland believing that animals could eat what he had left behind, even though the waste included plastic packaging materials.
The Magistrates fined Mr Baig £240 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £732. A victim surcharge of £24 was also levied, making a total to pay of £996.
Fly-tipping in Aylesbury costs man £1,250
Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan (64) of Princes Street, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was convicted at Wycombe Magistrates Court on 21st January after pleading guilty to an offence of fly-tipping.
The court heard that on the afternoon of 8 July 2014, Mr O'Sullivan was seen by members of the public to park his car at the entrance to a building site in Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury. He opened the boot of his car, took black plastic sacks out of the rear of the car and dumped them on the ground. The registration number of the car was taken and the incident was reported.
Buckinghamshire County Council Enforcement Officers subsequently interviewed Mr O'Sullivan at a police station, when he admitted dumping four black plastic sacks. He stated that the sacks contained household waste which had been left close to the outside of his property by unknown persons. He decided to get rid of them by dumping them at the entrance to the building site, where he was witnessed.
The Magistrates fined Mr O'Sullivan £135 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,095. A victim surcharge of £20 was also levied, making a total to pay of £1,250.
Man pays £2,180 after waste found dumped near Wing
Stephen John Woodward (56) of Aylesbury Road, Wing, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday 28th January to an offence of failing in his duty of care regarding waste which was found illegally dumped near Wing.
The court heard that in May 2014, domestic clearance waste was found dumped off Park Gate, Wing. The witness who found the waste reported it to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, whose investigator found traceable paperwork within the waste.
When interviewed at a police station by Waste Partnership investigators, Mr Woodward denied dumping the waste himself. He said the waste was from his girlfriend's property and he had intended to take the waste to the recycling centre, but he had not done so because he met a man who offered to remove the waste for £20. Mr Woodward said he decided to pay the man to remove the waste but he had not checked who the man was, had not taken his vehicle registration number and was unable to help the investigators follow-up.
The Magistrates fined Mr Woodward £875 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,218.79. A victim surcharge of £87 was also levied, making a total to pay of £2,180.79.
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The Waste Partnership launched the 'Illegal Dumping Costs' campaign in October 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since then, the Partnership has secured 463 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of over £1 million for residents.
We've made reporting fly-tipping easy: upload details including location and photos online or on your mobile at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly