Bucks flytipper convicted

Cameras lead to successful fly tipper prosecution
Lewis  Day, 29, of Crispin Way, Hillingdon, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on 29 January 2020 to an offence of  Fly Tipping in Wexham Park Lane, Slough.

This road is renowned for fly tipping, and enforcement officers from Buckinghamshire County Council had set up surveillance cameras in the area. On July 24 2019, one of these cameras captured images of Mr Day unloading a mattress onto the verge. Mr Day was traced via the registration of his vehicle and interviewed about the incident.

At the hearing, Mr Day explained that he had been on the way to dispose of his mattress in the skip at his employer's premises, when he realised that the straps holding the mattress onto his roof rack were becoming loose. When he stopped to readjust the straps, he noticed there was rubbish dumped on the verge, so he decided he would add his mattress to the rubbish already there. He apologised to the court for his behaviour.

In recognition of his his early guilty plea, Mr Day's fine was reduced to £1,752. He was also required to pay £1,020 costs and a victim surcharge of £170, making a total to pay of £2,942.

South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "This case again demonstrates the vital role of surveillance cameras in bringing fly tippers to justice. The locations and positioning of the cameras are constantly being changed, so anyone who fly tips should be aware that they could well receive a request to come for interview."

The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.  The Waste Partnership launched the SCRAP Fly Tipping campaign in August 2018 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.

Since 2003 the Partnership has secured over 740 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences, leading to fines and costs being imposed against offenders totalling over £1 million.