A MAN has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 after he dumped eight bags of garden waste in two villages.

John Blythe, 56 from Chart Lane in Dorking, Surrey pleaded guilty to four fly tips of garden waste in Chinnor and Lewknor following a successful prosecution by South Oxfordshire District Council. 

Blythe appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court on Friday April 22. The court heard that on 21 July 2021 at around 7am a witness saw Blythe depositing garden waste on Sprigs Alley in Chinnor and reported the incident to South Oxfordshire District Council’s Envirocrime team.    

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Blythe admitted to the council officers that he had been paid to do some work on the garden at a home in Chinnor and as part of this work he agreed to correctly dispose of the waste produced at a local recycling centre. 

Instead, he deposited eight bulk bags of garden waste over four different locations. Four bags were dumped at two locations in Sprigs Alley, two more bags at Chinnor Hill and a further two bags on the A40 at Lewknor.   

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Magistrates imposed a fine of £768 and a victim surcharge of £77 and ordered him to pay council costs of £1094.12 coming to a total of £1,939.12. 

Councillor Sue Cooper said: “Dumping waste in bags in the countryside is not only a blot on the landscape but could also pose a danger to wildlife.” 

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