Man prosecuted for fly-tipping at area of natural beauty in Bucks

Waste was dumped at Dockey Wood in 2019

Fly-tipping on the Ashridge EstateAuthor: Lettie BuxtonPublished 7 hours ago
Last updated 7 hours ago

A man has been sentenced for fly-tipping at an area of natural beauty in Buckinghamshire. On Wednesday (21 July), 22-year-old Alex Carl Clewett, of Worthington Road in Dunstable, was sentenced at High Wycombe Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to the three offences that happened on the National Trust land at Ashridge. Officers from Buckinghamshire Council’s Enforcement Team, who investigated the incidents, examined the waste dumped at Dockey Wood in 2019 and traced the offences back to Clewett.

Addresses found in the waste indicated that Clewett had been paid by a builder to take bathroom waste from a job in Feltham. Further evidence gave details of a garage clearance in St Albans where Clewett had been paid to dispose of the items. The enforcement team then set up surveillance cameras in the car park overnight on 4 February, 2020.

A truck insured to Clewett was captured on camera dumping waste again. In interview, Clewett initially denied the offence but later pleaded guilty. Clewett has been ordered to pay the full GBP888 clearance costs to the National Trust and a further GBP500 in costs to Buckinghamshire Council.

He was also sentenced to three consecutive 28-day prison terms, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “Fly-tipping is a disgrace wherever it occurs but to target a local spot that is widely known and loved for its natural beauty and wildlife is even more disgraceful.

“We won’t hesitate to investigate any incidence of fly-tipping that happens in Buckinghamshire and all offenders who are caught will be prosecuted.” A spokesperson for the National Trust said: “Our job is to look after the 5,000-acre estate at Ashridge so that nature and wildlife can thrive and visitors can enjoy the beautiful and ancient landscape.

“Sadly, we’re having to divert considerable resources to clearing rubbish, including numerous instances where it has been illegally dumped. “We appreciate the support of our visitors who help us to look after Ashridge Estate and report any criminal behaviour that they’ve witnessed. “Thanks also to Buckinghamshire Council for taking cases such as this to court – every successful prosecution is a warning to would-be fly tippers.”

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