£1,000 to pay for man who cleaned out his van in country lane

Antonio Goncalves de Jesus Sousa, 42, of Baylis Parade, Slough, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 25 April 2017 to an offence of dumping waste illegally.

The court heard that just after 6pm on the evening of 26 January 2018 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping at Parsonage Lane in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, captured images of Mr Sousa as he deposited waste which had accumulated in his van during the working week. The waste included rags and used bottles from oven cleaning work.  Mr Sousa was traced as driver through the livery of the work van.

When interviewed at a police station Mr Sousa admitted depositing the waste.  He said he had not used his normal lawful disposal route to deal with the waste due to unusual circumstances.  He had an important client to visit the following day and had been told to make sure his van was clean. He had been taking it to be valeted when he realised he had not emptied the accumulated waste.  He said he foolishly turned off his route and deposited the waste at the roadside. He said that he very much regretted his actions.

The Magistrates fined Sousa £200, and ordered prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £837.50.  A victim surcharge of £30 was also levied - making a total to pay of £1,067.50.

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 over 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