Surveillance camera brings Wexham Park Lane fly tipper to court

A Slough man is traced through surveillance images when he uses his work van to dump waste in a country lane.

Andrzej Premyslaw Karcewski, 31, of The Crescent, Slough, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 April 2017 to an offence of dumping carpet waste.

The court heard that at 6.47 on the evening of 25 August 2017 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping at Wexham Park Lane near Slough captured images of a van driven by Mr Karcewski as he deposited waste carpet beside a mattress and freezer which had already been dumped. Karcewski was traced as driver through the registration of his work van.

When interviewed at a police station Karcewski admitted depositing the waste together with a friend whom he had been helping to move house. He said they had taken the waste to the household recycling centre but had found it closed. Karcewski said he had needed the van empty for work the following day and they had made the foolish decision to dump the carpet on Wexham Park Lane.  He was not able to give a current address for his friend.

The Magistrates fined Karcewski £738, and ordered prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £1,258. A victim surcharge of £73 was also levied  -  making a total to pay of £2,069.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The Partnership's Illegal Dumping Costs campaign, launched in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire, has resulted in 660 convictions and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.  

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly