A litter lout responsible for dumping rubbish which featured in The Bucks Herald’s grotspots campaign has been fined.
Scot Ian Richardson, 24, dumped clearance waste including a toilet bowl and cistern, mirror, wood, cardboard, plastic packaging and a tyre in Marsh Lane, near Bishopstone, in March last year.
At the time the Herald interviewed villager Janet Cope who said so many items had been dumped it could be used as a ‘little hotel’.
Investigators traced the waste to a collection from an address in Ealing attended by Richardson and two other men.
It transpired on the night of March 14, 2013, the men were spoken to by police officers in a field gateway near Bishopstone when Richardson claimed he was mending the tailgate to his waste truck, which at the time was fully ladden.
When interviewed by investigators, Richardson, of North End, Hemel Hempstead, admitted collecting much of the waste found on Marsh Lane from the Ealing address.
But he denied dumping the waste, claiming it must have fallen off the back of the lorry as he drove along.
However, he was unable to account for how no waste was found on the road, or for why the rubbish was found three metres off the road into the field.
Richardson was also unable to explain how the fragile items had remained intact rather than smashing as they fell on to the ground.
He pleaded not guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court but was found guilty of dumping waste.
Magistrates said his story lacked credibility, noting that no other waste had been found fallen from the truck on the three kilometres between where the waste was dumped and where he was spoken to by the police.
They fined Richardson £100 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £20, making a total to pay of £620.
In sentencing, they took into consideration that Richardson had not worked for eight months, had no income or savings and was currently applying for carer’s benefit as he was caring for his elderly father full time. The other two men were not present at court.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.