Decision to dump furniture in a country lane is captured on camera

A man's 'spur of the moment' decision to dump furniture at the roadside led to a conviction for illegal dumping.

David James Thomas, 48, of Cherry Tree Road, Beaconsfield, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 April 2017 to an offence of dumping waste furniture.

The court heard that at 7.43 on the morning of 17 August 2017 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping at Mumfords Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, captured images of a van driven by Mr Thomas as he deposited waste in the countryside. Thomas was traced as driver through the registration of his work van.

When interviewed at a police station Thomas admitted depositing the waste which he said he had done stupidly on the spur of the moment while taking a short cut to work.

The Magistrates fined Thomas £790, and ordered prosecution costs to be paid in the sum of £863. A victim surcharge of £79 was also levied - making a total to pay of £1,732.

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.  

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