A fly-tipper who was caught dumping rubbish twice with an accomplice he refused to name has been fined just £300.

Thomas Christopher Donovan, who lives at Wapseys Wood caravan site in Gerrards Cross, was seen twice dumping rubbish from a tipper truck - once in Andrew Hill Lane and once in St Huberts Lane, Gerrards Cross - on November 11 and 20, 2019.

The 39-year-old was with a second man when he dumped the rubbish, but refused to name him when fly-tipping investigators traced the van registration back to him and interviewed him.

Donovan pleaded guilty to three counts of fly-tipping at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on April 28.

The magistrates fined him only £300 because of his personal circumstances, but ordered him to pay clean-up, investigation and legal costs of £792, together with a victim surcharge of £32 - making a total for him to pay of £1,124.

Martin Dickman, Buckinghamshire Council's director of neighbourhood services, said: "These commercial waste criminals are responsible for most of the serious fly-tipping carried out across Buckinghamshire, and they are a high priority for investigation and prosecution. In this case our surveillance caught the fly-tipper not once but twice - an indication of how active waste criminals can be."