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Father and son fined for dumping garden waste

A father and son have been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after being seen dumping garden waste.

Andrew James Lockie and his son Richard admitted a fly-tipping offence at High Wycombe Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on 4 July 2016, a member of the public saw two men dump a log and tree cuttings from the back of a Land Rover in a wooded area off Langtons Meadow, Farnham Common.

The incident was reported to the council and the vehicle’s registration number was traced to Richard Lockie.

Both men said the green waste had come from their garden and they thought it would be okay to dump the material in a wooded area.

The magistrates fined Andrew Lockie £330 and Richard Lockie £350. Both were ordered to pay £701.50 each towards prosecution costs, plus £30 and £35 respectively in victim surcharges. 

Sir Beville Stanier, chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “Instead of using the free facilities available to householders at all of Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres, these men decided to assume that because they were dumping garden waste, it didn’t count as fly-tipping.

“The magistrates made it very clear that this is not the view of the local community or, indeed, the law.”

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