Grandmother hit with £1,000+ bill for dumping rubbish

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A 65-YEAR-OLD grandmother was spotted dumping rubbish in rural woods by an alert passing motorist, who promptly reported her.

The woman, Eva Livingstone, of Windsor Lane, Little Kingshill, pleaded guilty to illegally dumping waste when she appeared before Aylesbury Magistrates Court last week.

The court heard that on July 14 last year, a driver the woman dumping a wooden crate, a black bin bag of garden waste and a bicycle wheel at Fugsdon Wood, Dunsmore, and reported the incident, including the registration number of the vehicle involved.

When interviewed at a police station, Livingstone said she had been on her way to collect her grandchildren and had acted in a panic to clear the waste from her vehicle.

She produced Household Waste Recycling Centre permits in her name to prove that the incident was out of character.

The Magistrates fined her £350 and ordered her to pay the full prosecution costs of £967, as well as a victim surcharge of £15.

Bill Lidgate, chairman of the Joint Waste Partnership, said: “There is no excuse for flytipping, and the lady involved in this case clearly knew what she was doing was wrong. Grateful thanks to the public-spirited motorist who reported this.”