Local fly-tipper sentenced after caught dumping mattress

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Fly tipper - March 2019

A Bletchley man who was caught dumping a mattress and other items at the picturesque Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve has received a 12 month Community Order.

Lance Hasdell, 32, of Celina Close, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to dumping the items and was sentenced last week at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on 7 October 2018 - a man was seen dumping items from the rear of a hire van in the car park of the Blue Lagoon. The waste left behind consisted of a mattress, boxes and bags of waste.

Officers from Milton Keynes Council’s Environmental Crime Unit found that Hasdell was in charge of the van at the time, but he failed to co-operate with their investigation.

Magistrates ordered him to pay £800 towards the council’s legal costs and ordered him to carry out 80 hours unpaid work as part of his Community Order.

Environmental Crime Unit Team Leader, Pete Roberts, said, “We are grateful for the witnesses who gave us statements enabling us to prosecute this man for fly tipping and we are pleased that the Magistrates handed out a community based sentence.”

“We have three Household Waste Recycling Centres in Milton Keynes that are open 7 days a week. All of the items he dumped would have been accepted, for free, at any of those sites.”

Fly tipping is a criminal offence under S.33 Environmental Protection Act 1990. Offenders can receive a fine of up to £50,000 or 5 years imprisonment for dumping waste.