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Suspended sentence for dumping asbestos

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A man has been ordered to pay £10,000 in fines and costs and handed a suspended prison sentence for dumping asbestos and green waste.

Florin Arsene, of West Drayton Park Avenue, West Drayton, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 15 June having admitted two offences of fly-tipping at an earlier hearing.

Arsene was filmed by a hidden camera installed by investigators from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. It recorded him dumping a van load of asbestos on the M40 emergency vehicle ramp at Fulmer on 10 July 2016.

He admitted depositing both this waste and a second offence involving green waste on the other side of the motorway in August.

Judge Francis Sheridan sentenced him to four months’ in prison, suspended for two years. He was fined £3,000 for the first offence and £2,000 for the second. Costs of £4,984.50 were awarded for the clear up and investigation, plus a victim surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for four months for using a vehicle in connection with a crime under s146 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 2000.

The judge said that he did not believe Arsene when he said he did not realise he was doing was anything wrong.

Bill Chapple, Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for planning and environment, said: “The site of this offence is isolated, the offender struck in the dead of night and took steps to avoid being seen – but still our cameras were able to film the offence taking place and allow him to be identified.

“The sentence handed down in this case shows that there is no tolerance for this type of behaviour, and perpetrators should be aware that we will pursue them whenever possible – one offence may be all that’s needed to land you in court.”

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