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By Haddenham Webteam - 28th March 2014 7:00am
If, like the editor of this website, you consider fly tipping to be a loathsome and utterly selfish behaviour, you will be delighted to learn that a Slough man has just been prosecuted for an offence of dumping waste illegally in a Haddenham lay-by.
Mr Nicky Graham Kamanga (37) of Cranbourne Road, Slough, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Magistrates Court on Monday 24th March.
The court heard that on 30th September 2013, a motorist saw a van parked in the lay-by at Roundhill near Haddenham on the A418 between Aylesbury and Thame. Seeing the van's back door open and believing that waste was visible inside the van, the motorist turned around nearby and drove back past the lay-by. As they drove past in the opposite direction, the motorist saw the van pulling away and saw dumped waste lying in the lay-by. Great credit goes to the witness who took the van's registration number and passed full details to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The lay-by had been inspected only that morning and had been found to be clear of dumped waste, meaning that the waste was a recent deposit.
The waste was examined by an investigator from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, who found household waste including nappies, a bucket, food waste, packaging and a mirror. Items in the waste were traced an address in Reading, and the van was traced to an owner in Aylesbury.
Interviews at police stations by Waste Partnership investigators with the van users and investigations in Reading, led to the interview of Mr Kamanga at a police station near Slough. Kamanga admitted dumping the waste himself and explained that he had borrowed the van to help a lady from his church move house in Reading. He explained that he had to return the van empty and had found waste in the van on his journey from Reading to Aylesbury. He said he had foolishly decided to dump the waste rather than finding out how to dispose of it legally, and free of charge, at a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
The Magistrates fined Kamanga £110 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £370. A victim surcharge of £20 was also levied, making a total to pay of £500.
Find out how to dispose of household waste free of charge at Bucks Recycling Centres by clicking here.
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 417 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.
Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire by calling 0845 330 1856 or report it online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly