On Wednesday 23rd July 2014 a 42 year old woman from Bywaters, Watford, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court to offences of failing in her duty of care regarding waste which was found dumped illegally.
The offender was interviewed at Watford Police Station by Enforcement Officers from Buckinghamshire County Council, and as a result of the investigation was summonsed to Court.
The Court heard that the offender purchased a house in Booker Hill Road, High Wycombe, to use as a ‘buy to let’ property and paid a builder to renovate the property. During the renovation a significant quantity of waste generated was dumped over the property’s boundary fence and left by the builder.
The Magistrates fined the offender £365 and ordered her to pay £1,451 in clean-up and prosecution costs as well as a £37 victim surcharge, making a total to pay of £1,853.
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.
In the last year the Partnership has secured 61 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.
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