Man fined £1,800 for dumping in Chilterns
Jake Thomas Sheridan Blankson, 30, of Brandon Mead, Chesham, Bucks, pleaded guilty at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on 20 January 2017 to a fly-tipping offence.
The court heard that on 29 September 2016 a fly-tipping surveillance camera on Arrewig Lane, Chartridge, recorded images of building waste being deposited by Blankson from his courier van at eleven thirty at night.
When interviewed at a police station, Blankson admitted depositing the waste. He claimed he had found the waste dumped at the roadside elsewhere, had taken it home to examine it to see if there was anything of value and, finding nothing, drove to Arrewig Lane and dumped the material there.
The Magistrates fined Blankson £633, and ordered clean-up and prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £1,175. A victim surcharge of £80 was also levied – making a total to pay of £1,871.
Sir Beville Stanier, Chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "This case shows yet again that it would have been considerably cheaper for the offender to have paid to dispose of the waste lawfully. The investigation uncovered an unlikely explanation for the late night dumping in this case - in such instances we will usually seek to prosecute."
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 571 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.