A MAN was ordered to pay more than £2,000 after a huge pile of household waste including car seats and laminate flooring was dumped by a roadside.

Wayne Chapman, 50 of Charlbury Road in Shrivenham, appeared at Oxford Magistrates Court on Friday April 22, and pleaded guilty to breaches of his duty of care in relation to an unlawful fly tip of waste on New Road along the B4000 at Shrivenham.

On January 5, 2021, it was reported that rubbish including car seats, tyres, laminate flooring, a fire extinguisher, and a dog basket were left on New Road.

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The Council’s Envirocrime team discovered Chapman was responsible for the waste and had not ensured it was disposed of properly.

Magistrates heard that Chapman had been evasive regarding his responses to the questions put to him under caution and had not engaged since receiving the summons, meaning that an arrest warrant was required before he did attend court.

At court Chapman said it “was a moment of stupidity” but told the court that he couldn’t give a name of the person who took the waste away. 

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Magistrates imposed a fine of £1,173 and a victim surcharge of £117. They also ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £1,479.

Councillor Catherine Webber said: “If someone else offers to get rid of your waste and then fly tips it – it’s still your responsibility.”

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