‘Mystery man dumped my rubbish’

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A 56 year old who has been ordered to cough up more than £2,000 after rubbish was found dumped at the roadside says he paid a mystery man to take it away for him.

Stephen John Woodward, of Aylesbury Road, Wing, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday, January 28 to an offence of failing in his duty of care regarding rubbish which was found illegally dumped.

The domestic waste was found abandoned off Park Gate in Wing in May last year.

The witness who found it reported it to the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, whose investigator found traceable paperwork in among the rubbish.

When interviewed at a police station, Mr Woodward denied dumping the rubbish himself.

He said the litter was from his girlfriend’s property and he had intended to take it to the recycling centre, but he didn’t because he had met a man who offered to remove the waste for £20.

Mr Woodward said he decided to pay him to take it away but he had not checked who the man was, had not taken his vehicle registration number and was unable to help the investigators follow up.

The magistrates fined Woodward £875 and ordered him to pay clean up and prosecution costs of £1,218.

A victim surcharge of £87 was also levied, making a total to pay of £2,180.

The case was prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire.