A man who was caught dumping a huge pile of tyres near Beaconsfield Services and another who fly-tipped three mounds of rubbish in a lane in Iver have been given hefty fines. 

Thomas Ward was caught out when an eagle-eyed member of the public saw an old Ford Transit tipper with its number plate covered up on the grass verge next to the A355 outside Beaconsfield Services on June 20 last year.

The driver was seen dumping a huge load of tyres and then tried to flee - but the witness challenged him and there was an altercation. 

Ward, 57, of Kittiwake Way in Hayes, was caught out when fly-tipping enforcers trawled local CCTV, identified a suspect vehicle and images of the owner were circulated. 

He was recognised and identified by an Environment Agency officer and an enforcement officer from a London borough. 

Just days after dumping the tyres near Beaconsfield Services, he did the same thing at Tesco in Rickmansworth. 

Ward pleaded guilty to illegally dumping waste and was sentenced to six months imprisonment on each count to run consecutively which was suspended for 12 months at Wycombe Magistrates' Court on April 13.

He was ordered to pay £2,000 towards the clear up, £1,000 towards costs and a £159 victim surcharge.

At the same court on the same day, Richard Egan, from Horton Road in Colnbrook, was ordered to carry out to 300 hours unpaid work and to pay £3,536.76 for dumping waste in Bellswood Lane in Iver. 

Between November 29, 2020, and January 3, 2021, three mounds of rubbish were dumped on the lane, with surveillance cameras installed by Buckinghamshire Council catching the suspect vehicle. 

It was discovered Egan, 42, was using the vehicle and he was interviewed under caution. 

He admitted dumping the rubbish at the court hearing earlier this month. As well as unpaid work and the thousands of pounds towards the clear-up operation and the council's costs, Egan also had to pay a £95 victim surcharge.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “Both these cases demonstrate how pointless fly-tipping is. The culprits may have thought they could get away with it, but they were wrong.

"Buckinghamshire Council will not tolerate dumping offences. Whenever a case of fly-tipping is reported to us we will investigate and pursue offenders until all enquiries have been exhausted.

"Once again I would like to thank the member of the public who reported the Ward case to us which led us to find the suspect and bring him to justice.

“No one wins in this scenario, the culprits rightfully pay the price for breaking the law but as a council we are also out of pocket as we don’t always recover our full costs and the public have to put up with these anti-social offences taking place in their local community."

To report fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire visit: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/fix-my-street