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Fly-tippers prosecuted after being caught red-handed by hidden cameras

| March 30, 2022
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The waste dumped in Wexham Park Lane. (Image supplied bu Buckinghamshire Council)

Two fly-tippers from Slough who were caught on film by Buckinghamshire Council’s covert cameras have been prosecuted in court.

Alexandre Feclistov, 29, and Ionut Adrian Pandele, 38, pleaded guilty to two offences of illegal dumping when they attended High Wycombe Magistrates Court earlier in March 2022.

The court heard that having recently moved into a new rental property, the pair had a substantial amount of waste laying about the house that they needed to dispose of. On Sunday 31st October 2021, together with his housemate Pendele, Feclistov drove his Audi motor car to Wexham Park Lane in Wexham. Together they dumped two loads of household waste but unknowingly, they were caught in the act as they were filmed by a camera deployed at the scene by Buckinghamshire Council.

Despite the fact that the offending vehicle was registered in Romania, investigators from Buckinghamshire Council traced the vehicle to an address in Slough. When interviewed under caution at Slough Police Station, both men admitted dumping waste at Wexham Park Lane, saying they didn’t know what else to do with it.

In court, both men were fined £2,215. They were also each ordered to pay £760 towards the prosecution costs and a £190 victim surcharge. The total amount to be paid by both men is £3,165 each.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Despite not registering their vehicle in the UK, investigators were still able to track down and bring the perpetrators of these environmentally damaging offences to court.

Buckinghamshire Council will not tolerate these offences and we will continue to take proactive measures to gather evidence and send a clear message to anyone breaking the law in this way.

The Council provides excellent waste facilities, there is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping. I believe that the sentence for these two individuals reflects that the magistrates who heard this case wholeheartedly agree.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire Council. Since its inception the Enforcement Team has achieved well over 800 convictions for fly-tipping and related offences. This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.

Fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire can be reported on the Buckinghamshire Council ‘Fix My Street’ website.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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