A Buckinghamshire man has be ordered to pay more than £2,000 after being found guilty of being in control of a vehicle used in fly-tipping.
High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard that in April 2016, a fly-tipping surveillance camera in a lay-by on the A355 Amersham Road recorded images of excavation waste being deposited from a Ford Transit vehicle that was traced to Zak Anthony Turner.
When interviewed, Turner said he had sold the vehicle in question but later conceded he still owned 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 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 of £800. A victim surcharge of £115 was also levied, making a total to pay of £2,068.
The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.
The partnership launched its ’Illegal Dumping Costs’ campaign in November 2003 to combat fly-tipping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.
In this time it has secured more than 570 convictions against individuals and companies. On average, since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in the county.