Poole charity worker found guilty of fly tipping dead man's possessions
A driver working for the British Heart Foundation has been found guilty of fly tipping.
Matthew Locker, 30, of Tree Hamlets, Poole appeared before Bournemouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday 13 August and was found guilty of fly tipping at Lawson’s Clump car park in Wareham Forest in October 2012.
On 19 October 2012, Mr Locker and a colleague had visited a property in Blandford on behalf of the British Heart Foundation to collect some possessions of a deceased person. The deceased man’s family had asked that any saleable items be donated to the charity.
Once the saleable items had been identified, Mr Locker agreed to properly dispose of the rest of their father’s possessions for £150. Mr Locker returned that evening and took away the remaining waste items. However as Mr Locker did not have a waste carrier’s licence, he was not legally authorised to do this.
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A couple of days later, Purbeck District Council received a report that rubbish had been dumped in Lawson’s Clump car park in Wareham Forest. Council staff found a large amount of waste, including furniture, various papers and household rubbish. The papers included the personal details of the deceased householder.
When Purbeck District Council officers later interviewed Mr Locker he said that he subsequently met an unidentified man at Border Drive, Upton and transferred the waste items into his van. Mr Locker said that he did not check whether the man was licensed to carry or to dispose of the waste, nor did he ask what would happen to it or provide him with a Waste Transfer Note describing the waste.
The District Judge took Mr Locker’s financial circumstances into consideration and fined him £350 plus costs of £100 and a £35 victim surcharge.
Councillor Mr Nick Cake, Environment spokesman for Purbeck District Council, said: “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.
“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.”