A flytipper from Norfolk has been fined more than £3,000 after being caught on camera and reported via social media dumping waste at Herschel Park.
Arthur Draper, of Saddlebow Caravan Park, Kings Lynn was convicted in his absence at Reading Magistrates Court, sentenced by Slough Magistrates on Monday (3 July) and was fined £1,200, ordered to pay costs of £1,720, a victim surcharge of £120 and £50 for failing to appear.
On 7 April 2016, Mr Draper entered Herschel Park at the nature reserve off Datchet Road and, when finding a height barrier in his way, dumped old roof tiles, wood and black bags off his tipper truck and onto the ground.
Unbeknownst to Mr Draper, CCTV from the nearby NFER had recorded his truck in all its glory and after an eagle-eyed witness reported the incident to the council on social media the resilience and enforcement team was sent out to investigate.
On investigation, the CCTV cameras weren’t the only thing Mr Draper had failed to observe as in amongst the dumped rubbish was a phone bill with his name and address on it and several receipts from a local supermarket.
Police confirmed the truck was registered to Mr Draper and despite him claiming to have sold it, several Facebook postings highlighted he owned the truck when the offence took place.
Investigating officer, Dave Stride from Slough Borough Council, said: “I would like to thank the witness who reported this matter to the council as we could immediately investigate and gain all the evidence we needed to prosecute and convict this flytipper.”
Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “This is our first prosecution where someone has reported flytipping by sending us photos on social media.
“We take flytipping very seriously and I would encourage residents to report incidents to us as soon as they see them with any evidence or details they have which can help us catch these criminals.
“We don’t mind which method is used to report flytipping to us; phone, form or social media. Call us, or tweet us – we just want to prosecute the offenders and show this behaviour will not be tolerated in Slough.”