Man denies fly tipping despite police eyewitness
Henry Doe, 53, of Foxborough Close, Langley, Slough, stood trial for fly tipping at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 2 November 2017, refusing to admit guilt despite eyewitness evidence from a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).
The Court heard that on the morning of Saturday 6 May 2017 a Thames Valley PCSO drove along Trenches Lane, Iver, and noted that it was free of dumped waste through its entire length. Driving back down the lane after a few minutes, however, the officer spotted a tipper truck parked near the junction with Love Hill Lane. Behind the truck, he saw a man throwing a large object into the ditch.
The man then drove off alone in the truck. The PCSO noted the registration number, then inspected the area where the truck had been. He found a dumped mattress and a large metal animal cage in a ditch at the roadside. The case was passed to The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire for investigation.
Mr Doe was found to be the insured driver of the tipper truck on the relevant date and was interviewed at a police station. During interview he admitted being at the location in his truck but claimed that a male passenger travelling with him had got out and inspected the animal cage in case it was in a usable condition. The passenger decided not to take the cage, and returned it to the ditch.
Despite admitting that he had dog kennels at his home that used metal cages, Mr Doe maintained the story of the passenger throughout his trial, and even had a defence witness appearing via video link. The District Judge at the Magistrates' Court did not believe Mr Doe's account, however, and found him guilty of fly tipping the metal cage and the mattress.
On conviction, Mr Doe was fined £480 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £48, making £828 in total.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. Since November 2003 the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured over 630 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 to Bucks County Council.