Denham resident pays out £1,300 after dumping household waste in layby

A Denham man ends up in court after a full bin leads him to dump his excess household rubbish in a country lane.

Kieran James Stratford, 22, of Denham Close, Denham, Bucks pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 April 2017 to an offence of dumping waste.

The court heard that at 1530 hrs on the afternoon of 11 December 2017 a Thames Valley Police Community Support Officer found two sacks of household waste which had been dumped illegally on Billet Lane, on the boundary between Wexham and Iver Parishes, Buckinghamshire. The PCSO examined and photographed the dumped waste and found evidence of origin.

When interviewed at a police station, Mr Stratford admitted depositing the waste himself. He said that the wheelie bin at his address was full, and he had told a housemate that he would get rid of the rubbish himself. He drove to Billet Lane, Iver, knowing that it was a quiet remote area - and dumped the bags at the side of the road.  He said that no one else was involved in the incident and it was a stupid act which he regretted.

The Magistrates fined Stratford £660, and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £600. A victim surcharge of £66 was also levied - making a total to pay of £1,326.

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