Beauty spot flytipper to pay £2,000 clean-up costs

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Household waste dumped in a woodland beauty spot was traced to 49-year-old Pitstone resident Edward King.

And on Monday, King, of Vicarage Road, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court to dumping waste illegally on the Ashridge National Trust estate.

He was fined £298 and ordered to pay £2,000 in clean-up and prosecution costs.

The court heard that on May 20 last year an estate volunteer found a large amount of waste dumped in The Coombe, an area of woodland off Beacon Road, Ringshall.

The woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

National Trust Rangers investigated and found details which Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire investigators later traced to a Hemel Hempstead address.

Residents there said they had had a household clear-out and waste had been removed by Mr King.

After investigators contacted King, the waste disappeared from The Coombe. He told magistrates he had returned to clear it.

Magistrates accepted that King had returned to clear the waste at his own cost, that he was remorseful, and that he had been under pressure at the time owing to a marriage breakdown.

Magistrates imposed a victim surcharge of £29, making a total to pay of £2,327.

The case was brought by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, which launched its Illegal Dumping Costs campaign in October 2003 to combat flytipping in Buckinghamshire.

Since then, the partnership has secured more than 400 convictions for illegal dumping and related offences. On average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire.

This has resulted in a halving of reported incidents and a saving of more than £1 million for residents.

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