Fly-tipper prosecuted

A 43-year-old man has been ordered to pay more than £1,600 after illegally dumping a load of garden waste, which included cannabis plants, in Oxfordshire.  South Oxfordshire District Council successfully prosecuted Marenglen Dulaj of Magnolia Court, Swindon, on 27 March.  He was ordered to pay a fine and other costs at Oxford Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to the charge of using a motor vehicle to fly-tip.  Magistrates heard that on 21 April 2017 on land off Exlade Street between Woodcote and Checkendon, Dulaj allowed his van to be used to dump rubbish sacks containing compost, plant pots, plastic bottles, plant food containers, cardboard and green waste consisting of cannabis stalks and leaves.  While he told the court that he had loaned the vehicle to a friend, he was still liable as he was the owner of the vehicle at that time.  The court ordered him to pay a fine of £850, a victim surcharge of £85 and £500 costs and £201.42 compensation. The sum totalled £1,636.42.  Councillor Elizabeth Gillespie South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member responsible for Environmental Protection said: “Fly-tipping is an extremely selfish act which scars the countryside and has an aesthetic and financial cost for residents. We will always prosecute offenders whenever possible.”