Plymouth man pleads guilty to fly-tipping near Bodmin – again

Joseph Buckingham (31) of Woodend Road, Plymouth pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 12 October 2017 to fly-tipping in a country lane just outside Bodmin in April 2017.

Mr Buckingham was previously convicted of a similar offence at Bodmin Magistrates Court in October 2016.

For this latest offence, Mr Buckingham was ordered to undertake 200 hours community service and ordered to pay costs in full totalling £4,332.

The area where Mr Buckingham fly-tipped the items was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and was being monitored.

An Environmental Protection Officer noticed the waste deposit during his day off and stopped to investigate the waste, After a lengthy investigation, Mr Buckingham was identified as being responsible for the incident. Mr Buckingham’s van was seized as part of this investigation.

Mr Buckingham took waste from a household after being approached to remove the waste for a fee.

Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Cornwall Council continues to work hard to tackle issues of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action. We are pleased that the court’s comments in summing up supported Public Protection in tackling fly tipping and the sentence and awarding of full costs reinforced this message.”

Please report fly-tipping to the Council giving as much detail as you can on the location.