Father and son fined over £2,000 for dumping garden waste
Andrew James Lockie, 51, and his son Richard Andrew Lockie, 30, both of Frensham Walk, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, were convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 1 February 2017 for a fly tipping offence, after both pleading guilty.
The court heard that on 4 July 2016 a member of the public saw two men dump a log and tree cuttings in a wooded area off Langtons Meadow, Farnham Common, from the back of a Land Rover. The registration number of the Land Rover was taken and the incident was reported to the Local Authority. Enquiries revealed that the Land Rover was owned by Richard Lockie.
Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigators interviewed the two men at a police station, where both fully admitted the offence. They stated that the waste had come from their garden and that they thought it would be okay as it was green waste dumped in a wooded area.
The Magistrates fined Andrew Lockie £330 and fine Richard Lockie £350. Both were ordered to pay £701.50 each towards prosecution costs, plus £30 and £35 respectively in victim surcharges. The total to pay was therefore £2,148.
Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "Instead of using the free facilities available to householders at all of Buckinghamshire's household recycling centres, these men decided to assume that because they were dumping garden waste, it didn't count as fly tipping. The magistrates made it very clear that this is not the view of the local community or, indeed, the law."
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 570 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 Buckinghamshire. This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire tax payer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.