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CAUGHT OUT: Man given suspended sentence for dumping rubbish in Rickmansworth Tesco car park

 Published on: 3rd May 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A joint investigation from both Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) and Buckinghamshire Council has led to the prosecution of a fly-tipper who dumped rubbish in the middle of a Tesco car park.

Tom Ward, 57, of Kittiwake Way in Hayes, was filmed on CCTV illegally depositing a large pile of tires onto the site in June of last year.

While investigating, it emerged Ward had also committed a similar offence in Buckinghamshire in the same month, leading to a joint investigation from both councils which resulted in Ward being prosecuted on two counts of fly-tipping.

Appearing before magistrates in High Wycombe on April 13, 2022, Ward received a 12-month suspended sentence for both crimes, and was ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation (half to Tesco in Rickmansworth and half to Buckinghamshire Council). He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and a victim surcharge of £156.

Ray Figg, Head of Community Services, said: “People’s waste is their responsibility and must be disposed of responsibly and legally. Fly-tipping is unsightly, dangerous for wildlife, and dumped materials can be hazardous.

“It takes staff time and tax payers’ money to clear and dispose of the waste, taking resources which could be better used elsewhere. Hopefully this prosecution will serve as a reminder to others that we will not hesitate to prosecute people caught fly-tipping.”

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