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Dumping garden waste in wooded area costs father and son over £2,000 in fines

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On Wednesday 1st February 2017 a 51 year old man and his 30 year old son, both of Farnham Common in Buckinghamshire, were convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court for a fly tipping offence after both pleaded guilty.

The court heard that on Monday 4th July 2016 a member of the public saw two men dump a log and tree cuttings from the back of a Land Rover in a wooded area off Langtons Meadow, Farnham Common.

The registration number of the Land Rover was taken and the incident was reported to the Local Authority. Enquiries revealed that the Land Rover was owned by the 30 year old man.

Investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire interviewed the two men at a police station, where both fully admitted the offence.  They stated that the waste had come from their garden and that they thought it would be okay as it was green waste dumped in a wooded area.

The Magistrates fined the 51 year old man £330 and fined the 30 year old man £350. Both were ordered to pay £701.50 each towards prosecution costs, plus £30 and £35 respectively in victim surcharges. The total to pay was therefore £2,148.

Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: ‘Instead of using the free facilities available to householders at all of Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres, these men decided to assume that because they were dumping garden waste, it didn’t count as fly tipping.

The magistrates made it very clear that this is not the view of the local community or, indeed, the law.

The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.

Illegal dumping in Buckinghamshire can be reported on 0845 330 1856 or at http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.

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