‘Campaign of criminal fly-tipping’ lands man with bill for more than £4,000

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Askett
Waste dumped by John Keenan in Askett

A man has been fined more than £4,000 for a series of fly-tipping incidents across two counties, including three in Aylesbury Vale.

John Joseph Keenan, 33, of Fullers Court in Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was found guilty by magistrates earlier this week of two offences of fly-tipping and four offences of failure in duty of care regarding waste he had produced.

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Little Missenden

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Little Missenden

He was given a suspended 16 week prison sentence and ordered to pay costs of £4,749.

High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard that on September 28 2015 waste was found dumped on Duckmore Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire.

A member of the public examined the waste and found items which were subsequently traced by investigators to work carried out by Mr Keenan’s company, Gladstone Home Improvements Ltd.

On 9 March 2016 an investigator found waste dumped at Bottom Lane, Seer Green which was traced to an address in Harrow.

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Aston Clinton

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Aston Clinton

The investigator visited the address and found newly finished driveway works by Gladstone Home Improvements Ltd.

On 12 May 2016 the investigator found waste dumped illegally by the roadside at Askett near Princes Risborough.

The waste had come from driveway works at a private residence in Surrey and payment for the work had been made to Mr Keenan.

On 26 May 2016 waste dumped at College Road North, Aston Clinton, was examined by a second investigator.

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Tring

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Tring

The waste was again traced to work carried out by Gladstone Home Improvements Ltd on a domestic property in Surrey.

On 8 August 2016 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping recorded images of Mr Keenan dumping a truck load of driveway waste at Halton, near Aston Clinton, from a tipper truck registered to him.

The waste was examined for evidence and was found to have come from work carried out by Gladstone Home Improvements Ltd at Edgware, London.

On 5 October 2016 a second surveillance camera captured images of Mr Keenan’s tipper truck dumping a load of waste at Chalk Lane, Little Missenden.

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Halton

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Halton

Again, the waste was examined for evidence and was found to have come from work carried out by Mr Keenan.

When interviewed by police, Mr Keenan admitted duty of care failings in his working practice, but denied dumping waste himself.

At court he entered guilty pleas to all charges.

Warren Whyte, Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for planning and environment said: “This case is a serious one involving a campaign of criminal fly-tipping across the county.

“In cases like this we will thoroughly investigate so that the perpetrators are brought to justice in Buckinghamshire.

“As this successful prosecution shows, we will not tolerate this sort of selfish and arrogant disregard for our environment.”

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Seer Green

Waste dumped by John Keenan in Seer Green