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Couple from Flackwell Heath caught by fly-tip surveillance cameras

| September 24, 2020

A couple from Flackwell Heath have been caught by fly-tip surveillance cameras.

Surveillance cameras recorded two separate vehicles being used for fly tipping at Winchbottom Lane, Little Marlow in separate incidents late at night on Sunday 22nd December 2019 and Sunday 12th January 2020.

The vehicles were found to be registered respectively to a man and woman of the same address in Buckingham Way, Flackwell Heath. Investigators also found evidence within the waste dumped in one of the incidents which led them to the same address.

Both suspects were interviewed under caution by council officers at High Wycombe Police Station in January 2020. The pair made ‘no comment’ replies to all questions despite being presented with surveillance images showing the vehicle registrations and the man being identifiable as the depositing the rubbish.

On Wednesday 2nd September 2020 the man and woman came before High Wycombe magistrates and both put in early guilty pleas, saying that they didn’t know fly tipping was illegal, though they were aware it was ‘something to be frowned upon’.

In sentencing, the magistrates took into account personal financial circumstances and the early guilty pleas.

The man, who physically deposited the waste, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards clean-up, investigation and legal costs. A victim surcharge of £50 took the total for him to pay to £1,550.

The woman, who acted as the driver on both occasions, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 in costs. The £32 victim surcharge took the total she had to pay to £732.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: ‘Instead of disposing of their rubbish responsibly, this couple made the decision to go out late at night – on two separate occasions – and dump it in a local country lane.

The waste that they fly tipped on the roadside could have been taken to their local Council household recycling centre for a small fee. Instead they have to pay out over £2,000 and live with a criminal record.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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