High Wycombe man left with £2,000 to pay following fly-tipping trial
Zak Anthony Turner, 25, of Broddick House, Brambleside, High Wycombe, was found guilty when he appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 25 January 2017 for an offence of being in control of a vehicle used in fly-tipping.
The court heard that on 7 April 2016, a fly-tipping surveillance camera in a lay-by on the A355 Amersham Road just north of Beaconsfield recorded images of excavation waste being deposited by an unknown person from a Ford Transit vehicle that was traced to Turner.
When interviewed at a police station, Turner misled the investigating officers saying that he had sold the vehicle in question. But when presented with evidence to the contrary he admitted that he did still own the vehicle but had lent it to a third party. He claimed that he found this person intimidating, which is why he had first given a different story.
At the trial another man came forward and claimed he owned and had control of the vehicle used to commit the offence - but the Magistrates were not convinced.
Turner was fined £1,153, and ordered to pay clean-up and prosecution costs in the sum of £800. A victim surcharge of £115 was also levied – making a total to pay of £2,068.
Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "This case demonstrates how the enforcement officers working to deter illegal dumping in Buckinghamshire are taking a proactive approach with hidden surveillance cameras that are catching significantly more offenders in the act. I hope this case will act as a deterrent to would be fly-tippers and remind them that it is just not worth the risk."
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 http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly