A property services firm was fined more than £6,500 for illegally dumping rubbish in a south Bucks village.

Investigators discovered a “large deposit” of fly-tipped waste on farmland off Gravelly Way, Penn Bottom, and, after looking through it, found details which showed it had come from building work carried out by LNF Property Services Ltd, based in Wembley.

Company director Farhad Darabi, 52, of Highfield Avenue, Wembley, admitted he had given the rubbish to a waste carrier without making the required checks and procedures under his and the company’s duty of care, but denied any knowledge of, or involvement with, the illegal dumping.

The company also proved “impossible” to trace as Darabi had no paperwork or proper identification.

He expressed his “repugnance” at what had been done with the waste in court.

Magistrates fined LNF Property Services Ltd £3,500 and fined Mr Darabi £1,357. Costs were ordered to a total of £678.50 each.

Victim surcharges of £170 and £135 were also ordered respectively against company and director – making a total to pay of £6,519.

Chiltern District Council’s cabinet member for environment, Mike Smith, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “This case involved a significant quantity of waste fly-tipped in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

“Legal action would have been taken against the carrier who dumped the waste, if the company and its director had followed correct procedure and obtained proper paperwork that would allow identification.

“But because they failed in their duty to do this, they became legally liable themselves and were prosecuted.

“This is a stark warning to small businesses to avoid unlicensed waste carriers, or the cost – as in this case – could end up being very high.”