Aylesbury pair left with £3,271 to pay after admitting illegal dumping
Melvy Prestige N’Somi, 24, of Bicester Road, Aylesbury, and Praise Dele’Adu, 22, of Broughton Road, Aylesbury appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 5 July 2017, and pleaded guilty to an offence of fly-tipping.
The court heard that on 6 November 2016, a member of the public found waste strewn along Berryfields Gated Road in Aylesbury. It was collected together and in doing so correspondence was found which suggested the source of the waste was an address in Aylesbury. When investigated by an enforcement officer from Buckinghamshire County Council it was discovered that the waste had been collected by Mr N’Somi as part of his work.
When interviewed at a police station, Mr N’Somi admitted that he had collected the waste during a house clearance. He had delivered most of the items as instructed but illegally dumped the last portion. Mr Dele’Adu was also interviewed and admitted taking part in the fly-tipping with his friend.
Mr N’Somi was fined £1,292, and ordered to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £809.87. A victim surcharge of £30 was also levied – making a total to pay of £2,131.87. Mr Dele’Adu was fined £300, ordered to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £809.87 and had a £30 victim surcharge levied – making a total to pay of £1,139.87. The combined total amounted to £3,271.74.
Speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Vale District Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste Sir Beville Stanier said: "Although the location of this fly tipping was actually private land, the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire nevertheless supported the landowner by investigating the incident and bringing the perpetrators to justice in the interests of deterring others from contemplating similar antisocial behaviour. The county's household recycling centres offer ample facilities for the disposal of waste, and there is no excuse whatsoever for blighting the countryside in this way."
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 November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire. Since that date the Partnership has secured over 590 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in the county. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reduction of removal and disposal costs.
Report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly or call 0845 330 1856.