Two bags of dumped rubbish costs man £1,900

Released on October 1, 2018

A man has been ordered to pay more than £1,900 after being found guilty of dumping two bags of commercial waste on rural land in South Oxfordshire.

Daniel Knowlson, 28, of Leabridge Road, Leyton, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 24 September when he was found guilty of illegally depositing waste and failing to supply the required waste transfer documents.
 
Magistrates heard how, in January 2017, two bags of commercial rubbish where found on rural land along Long Toll Road between Woodcote and Goring Heath.  
 
Knowlson was caught after details of a business he operated were found in the bags by the Environmental Enforcement Officer from South Oxfordshire District Council who went to investigate the site.
 
Knowlson entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday 31 July following a number of adjournments. 
 
Mr Knowlson’s case was therefore brought for trial on 24 September when he was found guilty.  As a result, he was fined £800 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and prosecution costs of £1,128.
 
Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a real scourge on our towns, villages and rural areas, and has absolutely no place in a civilised society.  We will not hesitate to take action against anyone we believe is responsible for dumping rubbish in South Oxfordshire.”
 
Cllr Charles Bailey, ward member for Woodcote and Rotherfield, said: "Rural areas such as Woodcote should not be spoiled by the selfish acts of a small minority, so I'm very pleased that this case has been successfully prosecuted."
 
Cllr David Nimmo-Smith, ward member for Woodcote and Rotherfield, said: "South Oxfordshire is a beautiful part of the country, so it's important that our villages and surrounding areas do not suffer from criminal acts like fly-tipping.  I'm sure everyone in our local community will welcome this prosecution."
 
If you witness fly-tipping, or spot a fly-tip, please report it at southoxon.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 03000 610 610.
 
If you pay someone to remove rubbish from your property and it’s then fly-tipped you could be prosecuted. By law you must make sure they are legitimate – for advice on how to stay legal visit southoxon.gov.uk/removingwaste.