On Wednesday 22nd June 2019 a 47 year old waste carrier from London Road, High Wycombe attended High Wycombe Magistrates Court to plead guilty to an offence of illegal dumping of waste.
The court heard that in the early morning of Wednesday 9th January 2019, a local resident discovered a large pile of mixed building waste that had been dumped illegally at the side of a small access road off Seven Hills Road, Iver.
On investigation by a Buckinghamshire County Council waste enforcement officer, evidence amongst the waste suggested it originated from an address in Hatton Garden, Central London.
The investigating officer went to the London address, and while he was there a 47 year old man showed up intending to collect another load of rubbish. Confronted by the officer, the 47 year old man furnished false details and fled the scene. However, the investigating officer had encountered the 47 year old man in connection with a previous case and was able to correctly identify him.
Interviewed later at High Wycombe Police Station the 47 year old man refused to cooperate with investigators. But when the case went to court he made an early guilty plea for which the magistrates gave him credit.
The limited means of the defendant were also reflected in the magistrates sentencing:
- A compensation order of £1,361.16 to cover clearance and disposal.
- An award of £600 costs.
- A victim surcharge of £85.
- A 12 month community order consisting of 60 hours unpaid work.
- A requirement to participate in a ‘thinking skills’ programme.
The financial elements of the sentence therefore totalled £2,046.16.
Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Bill Chapple OBE, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: ‘Yet again one of our fly tipping prosecutions centres on builders waste generated in London finding its way onto the country lanes of Buckinghamshire.
Thanks to the diligence of our officer, the connection was made in this case that allowed us to successfully prosecute the criminal carrier.‘
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk.