Woman pays £1,000 for dumping household waste in ditch

Ana Maria Gherghe, 23, of Carlton Road, Slough, Berkshire, was convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 26 July 2017 for a fly tipping offence, after pleading guilty.

The Court heard that on 23 February 2017 Thames Valley Police officers discovered fly tipped household waste in a ditch in Billet Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire. The dumped waste included black plastic bin sacks, a plastic bag, a pair of shoes, a wooden chair and a bed frame.  Correspondence found within the dumped waste was traced to Ms Gherghe's home address.

The investigation was passed to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire and Ms Gherghe was interviewed at a police station, where she admitted that she had driven alone to Billet Lane, Iver, at approximately 10pm on 22 February 2017, then pulled over and dumped her household waste in a ditch at the side of the road.

The Magistrates fined Ms Gherghe £320 and ordered her to pay £648 towards prosecution costs, plus £32 in victim surcharge. The total to pay was therefore £1,000.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The Waste Partnership launched the 'Illegal Dumping Costs' campaign in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.  Since that date the Partnership has secured over 600 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 at http://old.buckscc.gov.uk/fly