Two convictions have been secured for two separate cases of fly tipping in the Little Marlow area.

The first case concerned waste found dumped in Monkton Lane. Evidence in the waste led investigators to a private house in High Wycombe.

When the homeowner was approached, they said they had paid Daniel Apostol (31), of Hughenden Road, High Wycombe, to take away the waste.

On being interviewed at High Wycombe Police Station, Mr Apostol said he had paid an acquaintance to take the waste off of him, but had not checked on whether the man was licensed and had completed no paperwork.

The magistrates fined Apostol a total of £3,046.

The second case related to waste found on Muschallik Road, a private road leading from the A4155 Marlow Road to Thames Water’s Little Marlow Sewage Treatment Works.

The land across which the road passes isn’t owned by Thames Water but by a private landowner not currently resident in the UK. As Thames Water’s vehicles need constant access along the road, it is left unsecured and therefore open to fly tippers.

Investigators found evidence in the waste that took them to a construction site that was operated by the building firm Root Construction Ltd.

In an interview at a Kent police station, one of the companies directors said that the company had paid money in cash to a man known only as ‘Brian’ to get rid of the waste.

Although ‘Brian’ had apparently been used by the company on a number of different occasions, no checks had been carried out as to whether he was licensed. The company also did not have any means of contacting or tracing him.

The court held that the company had therefore failed in its duty of care over the waste. The magistrates issued a total fine of £3,647.30.