Flackwell Heath couple caught by fly-tip surveillance
Two separate vehicles being used for fly tipping at Winchbottom Lane, Little Marlow, were recorded on surveillance cameras in separate incidents late at night on 22 December 2019 and 12 January 2020. The vehicles were found to be registered to David Leslie Light and Jayne Elizabeth Mills-Light respectively, both of the same address in Buckingham Way, Flackwell Heath. Investigators also found evidence within the waste dumped in one of the incidents which led them to the same address.
Both suspects were interviewed under caution by council officers at High Wycombe Police Station in January 2020. They made ‘no comment’ replies to all questions despite being presented with surveillance images showing the vehicle registrations and a person identifiable as Mr Light depositing the rubbish.
When they came before High Wycombe magistrates on 2 September 2020, both put in early guilty pleas, saying that they didn’t know fly tipping was illegal, though they were aware it was ‘something to be frowned upon’.
In sentencing, the magistrates took into account personal financial circumstances and the early guilty pleas.
David Leslie Light, who physically deposited the waste, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,000 towards clean-up, investigation and legal costs. A victim surcharge of £50 took the total for him to pay to £1,550.
Jayne Elizabeth Mills-Light, the driver on both occasions, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 in costs. The £32 victim surcharge took the total she had to pay to £732.
Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “Instead of disposing of their rubbish responsibly, this couple made the decision to go out late at night – on two separate occasions – and dump it in a local country lane.
“The waste that they fly tipped on the roadside could have been taken to their local Council household recycling centre for a small fee. Instead they have to pay out over £2,000 and live with a criminal record.”