Charity Worker Fined for Fly Tipping in Dorset Forest
11:39am 16th August 2013
A man who dumped a dead man's possessions in Wareham forest has been found guilty of fly tipping.
Matthew Locker from Poole went up before Bournemouth Magistates Court earlier this week.
Last October, he was working for the British Heart Foundation when he was paid £150 by the deceased's family to dispose properly of materials from a Blandford property. Instead it was all found at Lawson's Clump car park in Wareham forest.
Items left included furniture and personal details of the man who'd passed away.
When questioned by Purbeck Distric Council officers Mr Locker claimed he transferred the goods to an unidentified man in another vehicle at Upton, but did not check if he was lisenced to carry or dispose of the waste.
He's now been fined a total of £485 pounds by Bournemouth Magistrates Court, £350 plus costs of £100 and a £35 victim surcharge.
Councillor Mr Nick Cake, Environment Spokesperson for Purbeck District Council, told Wessex FM, "The situation has been very distressing for the family who had trusted Mr Locker to properly dispose of their deceased father's property. I am pleased that Mr Locker has been prosecuted and received a criminal record for his actions."
He added, "This should be a lesson to all residents, there are unscrupulous people out there who will take away your rubbish and dump it illegally. Additionally, if they cannot be found and the rubbish is traced back to you, it could be you who ends up in court. Before you let someone take away your waste, ask to see their Waste Carrier's Licence. If they don't have one, don't use them. Keep a record of any paperwork, including dates, names, telephone number and registration number so that if your waste is fly-tipped you will be able to pass the details to the Council. The District Council is committed to tackling fly tipping which spoils everyone's enjoyment of our landscape and will take the necessary action to bring cases to prosecution."