Fly tipper convicted

Following a successful prosecution by South Oxfordshire District Council, an Oxford man was given a three month curfew for dumping waste illegally (fly tipping) after a large amount of building rubbish was found on land near Wittenham Clumps earlier this year.
Michael Joseph Andrews, 35, of The Slade, Headington, pleaded guilty to fly tipping and not having a Waste Carriers Licence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 6 November.
On 13 February, a member of the public saw a vehicle belonging to Mr Andrews’ former employer being used to dump building waste at an entrance to a field in Little Wittenham close to Wittenham Clumps.
The district council investigated and Mr Andrews admitted to being paid by an unknown builder to remove waste and to dump it, without the permission of his employer at the time. The council put together a prosecution case against him and he appeared at court on 6 November.
At court he was given a community sentence of a three month curfew (7pm to 7am) for the fly tipping offence and was fined £100 for not having a waste carrier licence. He was ordered to make a contribution to the council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £85.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Dumping waste in this way is illegal. It is unsightly, it can cause a health risk and someone else has to pick up the cost of clearing up the mess. I hope this sends a message that the council will investigate these offences and bring offenders to justice.”