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Fly tipper fined nearly £2,000 after being caught on camera

Published
07.03.2017
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Trixi-Norbert Baltag, 26 of Drayton Gardens, West Drayton, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 1 March 2017 to a fly-tipping offence.

The court heard that on 17 July 2016 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping on Allerds Road, Burnham, recorded images of sacks of compost material being deposited by Mr Baltag from his van.

When interviewed at a police station, Mr Baltag admitted depositing the waste.  He said the waste had been fly-tipped by persons unknown at the car wash premises where he was manager, and that he had not known what else to do with it.

The Magistrates fined Mr Baltag £738, and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £1,136.69.  A victim surcharge of £74 was also levied  –  making a total to pay of £1,948.69.

Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "This case shows the value of surveillance cameras targeting fly-tipping hot-spots.  There was nothing traceable in this dumped waste and no one saw Mr Baltag dumping - and yet the case was still brought to court.  People should take note that if they dump waste illegally in Buckinghamshire, they could well be caught and prosecuted".

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.

Report illegal dumping in Bucks on 0845 330 1856 or at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly

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