Fly tippers caught in the act by member of the public
John Thomas Smith, 18, of Cock Lane, High Wycombe, and a youth who cannot be named due to his age, were fined by High Wycombe magistrates for dumping mattresses in a field after an sharp-eyed member of the public spotted what they were doing and noted down the registration number of their truck.
Pleading guilty, Mr Smith was fined £615 and the youth £200. They were ordered to pay £600 each towards prosecution costs, plus £62 and £20 respectively in victim surcharges.
The court heard that on 22 April 2016 a member of the public noticed an open-back truck dumping mattresses in a field off Hammersley Lane, High Wycombe. The eye witness managed to get the registration number of the vehicle and reported the incident to the Police. Subsequent enquiries revealed that the vehicle was owned by a family member of Mr Smith and that the mattresses had come from a local hotel. The pair also implicated a third man in the incident, but this individual is yet to be traced.
Cllr Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "The way these individuals dumped their rubbish in the middle of a country field was shameless, and thankfully a vigilant member of the public was able to take down the details which led to their conviction – this is great example of the part the community plays in helping us catch waste criminals".
The case was investigated and 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 500 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences. This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire tax payer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.
Report illegal dumping in Buckinghamshire on the Bucks County Council website or via the fly tipping hotline on 0845 330 1856.