Woman arrested and taken to court after her rubbish was fly tipped

Released on November 16, 2018

Fly tipper Brown Nov 2018

Following a successful prosecution by South Oxfordshire District Council, a Henley woman pleaded guilty to not ensuring her waste was disposed of in the correct way after her details were found in rubbish bags dumped on land at Dorchester-on-Thames.

Melissa Brown, 26, of Crisp Road, Henley, pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 6 November to a charge of failing in her duty of care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (not ensuring her waste was disposed of correctly).  

In April, a couple of bags of rubbish and an artificial Christmas tree were found by one of the council’s environmental enforcement officers dumped on land near Queenford Farm at the end of Drayton Road, Dorchester on Thames.

They examined the contents of the bags and found correspondence addressed to Ms Brown at an address in Henley.

The district council attempted to contact Ms Brown but she didn’t engage with the council or attend court when hearings were held.

She was eventually arrested by police officers and taken to Oxford Magistrates’ Court, where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

Magistrates imposed a fine of £400, ordered her to pay £300 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £40.

Councillor Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “The council will prosecute people for dumping waste illegally, including those who have failed to make reasonable checks when their rubbish is taken away and then found fly tipped. It is down to individuals to make sure their waste carriers are legal and the council has lots of information to help people make those checks.”