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Vigilant motorist helps secure conviction of man dumping party waste

Lewis Evan Hopkins, 20, of Haydock Close, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, was convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 20 September 2017 for a fly tipping offence, after pleading guilty.

The Court heard that on 4 March 2017 a passing motorist saw a male take a plastic bag out of the rear of a parked black Audi motor car and dump it on the ground at the side of the road.  This occurred on an unnamed road leading from Barton Hartshorn to the A421 Tingewick by-pass, Buckingham.  The motorist managed to get the registration number of the Audi and the incident was reported to the police.  Police attended the site of the dumping and noted that the dumped plastic bag contained empty alcohol bottles, cardboard waste and a number of small nitrous oxide canisters, the gas of which is used as a recreational drug.

The investigation was passed to The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire and enquiries showed that Mr Hopkins was the registered owner of the Audi on the relevant date.   When interviewed at a Police Station by Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire Officers, Mr Hopkins made full admissions to the dumping.

In Court it was heard that that on the evening prior to the incident, Mr Hopkins had hosted a gathering at his house with friends. Mr Hopkins had put some empty bottles and other waste items in his car boot with the intention of disposing of them at the recycling centre.  While he was driving the following day, he was lost in an unknown area and when the rattling noise of the bottles began to irritate him, so he decided to dump them at the side of the road.  He accepted that it was a foolish decision to stop and dump the bag.  

The Magistrates fined Mr Hopkins £784 and ordered him to pay £600 towards prosecution costs, plus £78 in victim surcharge.  The total to pay was therefore £1,462.

Aylesbury Vale District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Sir Beville Stanier, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "A passing motorist took the time to take the registration number and report this incident to the police - with the result that this selfish fly-tipper has been brought to justice, and left the court with a hefty fine and costs, as well as a conviction".

Since November 2003 the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire  has secured over 610 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.  This has resulted in a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reduced removal and disposal costs.

If you see any dumped waste please report it as soon as possible online.


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