An 18 year old man, of Cock Lane, High Wycombe and a youth have been fined by High Wycombe magistrates after a member of the public spotted them dumping mattresses in a field and noted down the registration number of their truck.
The 18 year old man pleaded guilty and was fined £615. The youth was fined £200. Both were ordered to pay £600 each towards prosecution costs, plus £62 and £20 respectively in victim surcharges.
The court heard that on Friday 22nd April 2016 a member of the public noticed mattresses being dumped in a field off Hammersley Lane, High Wycombe from an open back truck.
The eye witness managed to get the registration number of the vehicle and reported the incident to the Police. Subsequent enquiries revealed that the vehicle was owned by a family member of the 18 year old man and that the mattresses had come from a local hotel.
Cllr Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: ‘The way these individuals dumped their rubbish in the middle of a country field was shameless, and thankfully a vigilant member of the public was able to take down the details which led to their conviction – this is great example of the part the community plays in helping us catch waste criminals.‘
The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
Since November 2003 that date the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured over 500 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire tax payer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.
Illegal dumping in Buckinghamshire can be reported on the Bucks County Council website at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly or via the fly tipping hotline on 0845 330 1856.