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£1,309 to pay after branches are dumped illegally

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Branches dumped illegally near Langley Park.

Two men have been fined for dumping branches near Langley Park.

On Wednesday 15th March 2017 a 36 year old man of Pemberton Road, Slough and a 22 year old man of Stafford Avenue, Slough pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court to a fly-tipping offence.

The court heard that on Thursday 25th August 2016 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping on Billet Lane, Wexham recorded images of branches waste being deposited by the two men from their van.

When interviewed at a police station, both men admitted depositing the waste. They said the waste had come from the 36 year old man’s house and that they had taken it to the Langley Household Recycling Centre but that they had no (free) permit to access the site with the van. When they had driven away they said that red ants had become a nuisance in the van and they had deposited the branches at the roadside on Billet Lane, adjacent to Langley Park. The men said that at the time they had not felt they were doing wrong, but could see now that they had offended.

The Magistrates fined the 36 year old man £286 and the 22 year old man £213 and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £400 by the 36 year old man and £350 by the 22 year old man. A victim surcharge of £30 each was also levied against the men, making a total to pay of £1,309 by the pair.

Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: ‘It may seem a trivial matter to deposit tree waste by the roadside in a woodland area, but there is always a clean-up cost to the council tax-payer.

Invasive species of plant and insect pest can be transferred in this way and we will always take a dim view of this kind of fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire.

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

Fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire can be reported at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly or by calling 0845 330 1856.

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