Man convicted of fly-tipping

Vale of White Horse District Council has successfully prosecuted a 29-year-old man for fly-tipping and he has been ordered to pay more than £1,500.

John Francis Joyce of Redbridge Hollow, Oxford pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal dumping of waste at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 27 March. 

Magistrates heard how Joyce was caught on camera depositing three van loads of waste, including mattresses and building waste, on Allotment Road, Redbridge Hollow, near Oxford on 20, 21 and 23 September 2017. 

Joyce was ordered to by the magistrates to pay a total of £1,580.56 which included court costs, clear-up costs and a fine.

The land is owned by Oxford City Council, but it is in the Vale of White Horse district council area and it was the Vale’s environmental protection team and legal department, who brought the prosecution.

Councillor Elaine Ware, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “This was a brazen flouting of the law, where the defendant returned again and again to dump illegal waste at the same spot. We will not tolerate this behaviour which blights our landscapes and people’s lives and we will do our utmost to prosecute offenders.”

Tim Sadler, Oxford City Council Executive Director for Sustainable City, said: “It is always incredibly frustrating when taxpayers’ money has to be spent clearing up after the selfish actions of those who fly-tip. This prosecution sends a clear message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated in our communities, and we are grateful to Vale of White Horse District Council for leading on the prosecution.”