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Surveillance cameras catch man dumping asbestos

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Surveillance footage showing the dumping of the waste in progress.

A man has been convicted of fly tipping offences after being caught on camera dumping waste near the M40 emergency vehicle turn around ramp at Fulmer, Buckinghamshire.

On Thursday 15th June 2017 a 31 year old man from West Drayton Park Avenue, West Drayton appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to two offences of fly-tipping at an earlier hearing.

The court was told that in the early hours of Sunday 10th July 2016 the 31 year old man was filmed by a hidden camera installed by investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. Images were taken of him dumping a van load of asbestos on the M40 emergency vehicle turn around ramp at Fulmer, Buckinghamshire.

When interviewed at Hounslow Police Station, the man admitted depositing this waste and a second offence on the other side of the motorway where green waste was dumped on Tuesday 9th August 2016.

The asbestos waste.

Judge Francis Sheridan sentenced the 31 year old man to four months’ custodial sentence suspended for two years. He was fined £3,000 for the first offence and for the second offence he was fined £2,000. Costs of £4,984.50 were awarded for the clear up and investigation.

The 31 year old man was additionally disqualified from driving for four months for using a vehicle in connection to a crime under s146 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 2000. A victim surcharge was also applied.

During sentencing the judge said the he did not believe the 31 year old man when he said he didn’t realise what he was doing was anything wrong and that ‘We do not need people messing up our beautiful county of Buckinghamshire‘.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: ‘The site of this offence is isolated, the offender struck in the dead of night and took steps to avoid being seen – but still our cameras were able to film the offence taking place and allow him to be identified.

The sentence handed down in this case shows that there is no tolerance for this type of behaviour, and perpetrators should be aware that we will pursue them whenever possible – one offence may be all that’s needed to land you in court.

I’d also like to remind the community to remain vigilant – if you see anyone fly tipping, take down the licence number and let us know online or through the hotline.

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 the hotline 0845 330 1856.

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