Covert camera catches Wexham fly tipper

Gurpreet Singh, 38, of Goodman Park, Slough, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court to fly tipping on Wexham Park Lane on Monday 26 November 2018.

The court heard that Mr Singh had used a company vehicle to dump a sofa at the side of Wexham Park Lane, and was photographed doing so by a covert camera installed by Buckinghamshire County Council. The camera had been placed there because the area is a frequent target for fly tippers.

Mr Singh was traced via the company vehicle and, on being interviewed, fully admitted to dumping the waste.

The Magistrates fined Mr Singh £615, and ordered him to pay total costs  of £928.90 making a total to pay of £1,543.90, to be paid in instalments.       

South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "Surveillance of likely fly tipping spots is a key part of our zero-tolerance approach to illegal dumping. If you choose to dump waste illegally, you may well be photographed in the act, which will then provide the evidence for a prosecution. It's just not worth taking the risk of heavy fines and a criminal record."

The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.  The Waste Partnership launched the 'SCRAP Fly-tipping' campaign in August 2018 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire.  Since 2003 the Partnership has secured over 690 convictions against individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.  On average since April 2010, there has been at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire.  This resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer over the period, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.