Serial Aylesbury fly tipper given suspended sentence

Serial fly tipper given suspended sentence for dumping waste in Aylesbury.

Anthony Andrew Richards, 35, of Somerville Way, Aylesbury, pleaded guilty to dumping waste illegally on Pearson Close, also in Aylesbury, in October 2017.  Two other charges were withdrawn by the prosecution in view of the guilty plea.

What happened?

The court heard that on 16th October 2017 an enforcement officer from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire saw a Ford Transit tipper truck laden with waste parked in Glaven Road in Aylesbury.  Aware that the vehicle had previously been used in connection with illegal dumping, the officer took a photograph of the vehicle and contents and circulated it to colleagues in case they later found the waste illegally dumped.

On Friday 20th October 2017 another enforcement officer found waste which seemed to match the circulated image.  On comparison with the image, he could see that the materials appeared to be the same, and even the relative positions of the dumped items matched the way they had been loaded on the back of the truck.

Van used to dump the waste
Richards was traced as the registered keeper and user of the vehicle. He declined to attend for an investigative interview and was reported for summons.

Taking into account previous convictions for fly tipping in 2015 and 2017, District Judge Dodds sentenced Richards to 60 days imprisonment with the sentence suspended for 12 months on condition that he carry out 40 hours unpaid work in the community.  Family care commitments were also taken into account during sentencing.

It was noted that Richards still owed the courts a considerable sum from earlier prosecutions, so he was ordered to pay clean-up compensation totalling GBP420 for the case rather than the prosecution’s full costs.  Judge Dodds told Richards there must be no further dumping offences or he would be sent to prison. Aylesbury Vale District Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure Cllr Paul Irwin, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said:

“This man’s suspended sentence means that he will go to prison if he’s caught fly tipping again.

“Repeat offenders such as this are responsible for a great deal of the illegal dumping in Bucks, and I’d like to remind anyone disposing of waste of their duty to use only legitimate licensed carriers.”

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign in August 2018, which urges anyone- individuals or businesses- to ensure that they act on their legal duty of care to ensure that anyone who takes their waste away is registered and bona fide. Since November 2003, the Waste Partnership has secured over 690 fly tipping convictions and a resulting significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer, principally through costs imposed by the court to cover removal and disposal costs. In Buckinghamshire fly tippers are 16 times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than in England as a whole.

Illegal dumping can be reported here

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