Rotting food, dirty nappies and old Christmas decorations were found among 35 bags of rubbish a fly-tipper dumped on the grass in a High Wycombe road.

Umair Yousuf, 28, from Desborough Road, has been slapped with a fine for dumping the black bags full of rubbish on a grass area in Arnison Avenue at some point on or before Monday, October 15, last year.

He pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on April 3.

The court heard that Mr Yousuf had collected approximately 35 black bags of household waste from a house in High Wycombe for payment.

He had then dumped the items on a public grass area - apparently because he was having problems with his van.

When the abandoned rubbish was reported, it was found to contain mixed household waste including old toys and Christmas decorations as well as rotting food and soiled disposable nappies.

The waste was dumped in a residential area where it could easily be accessed by children.

An investigation by an officer from the Waste Partnership found evidence that led him to the address where the rubbish had been taken from.

The householder was able to give the investigator full details of the transaction including the identity of Mr Yousuf and the registration of his vehicle.

The court fined Mr Yousuf £320, and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £600 and victim surcharge of £32 - making a total to pay of £952.

Wycombe District Council cabinet member for environment Julia Adey, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "This case shows that fly tipping doesn't only afflict the countryside, with the additional hazard that children are more likely to access waste dumped in a residential area.

"This is also an excellent example of someone who took the duty of care for disposing of their waste seriously. Having full paperwork meant that legal responsibility for the fly tipping transferred from the householder onto the person who took the waste away."

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