CCTV helps to catch prolific fly-tipper
A man who carried out four substantial fly-tips, including three in the space of just two weeks in 2016, has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after being repeatedly caught on CCTV.
Sam Smith, 34, of Goring Lane, Reading, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 12 September when he pleaded guilty to two charges of illegally dumping waste, two charges of failing to prevent waste escaping into the surrounding environment and one charge of transporting waste without a license.
Magistrates heard how, between 1 and 15 March 2016, full tipper loads of building and construction waste had been dumped in Dunsden Green, Shiplake and Mapledurham.
At Dunsden Green CCTV footage captured a vehicle dumping waste on Church Road. The same vehicle was then caught on camera nine days later in Shiplake close to where the second fly-tip was carried out. Evidence left in Shiplake, and then at the third fly-tip in Mapledurham on 15 March, was then traced back to a builder who confirmed that he had paid Mr Smith to remove the waste.
Three months later, while investigations to the previous cases were still ongoing, a fourth fly-tip of construction waste took place, this time at Valley Farm in Bix. In the time leading up to this offence a vehicle was captured on CCTV loading waste in Woodley, it was then seen on camera again transporting similar waste through Maidenhead and Henley. A flyer was also found at the scene in Bix for Diamond Garden Services, the company name Mr Smith was trading under.
In a separate case, also on 12 September at Oxford Magistrates’, Waldemar Oryszczak, 48, of Kingsley Close, Reading, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping construction rubbish at an area known as Drawback Hill in Harpsden in March 2016. Oryszcsak was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,050 costs.
Cllr Tony Harbour, Cabinet Member for Environmental Health at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Both cases involved people transporting waste into South Oxfordshire and then deliberately dumping it in a rural area. This is a real malicious and selfish act which blights the landscape, costs thousands of pounds to clean up and investigate, and is potentially dangerous to any individual or wildlife that comes into contact with the rubbish.”
“We will not hesitate to use any evidence necessary, such as CCTV footage, to track down offenders and bring them to justice.”
If you that know that someone is involved in fly-tipping please contact the council’s environment enforcement officers on 01235 422403.