A man who repeatedly dumped piles of raw meat was caught out after being captured on CCTV.
The bizarre situation began in December 2021 when the council’s environmental services waste crews were finding raw meat and waste carcasses dumped over numerous days in Farm Lane, Slough.
This continued through to January 2022 and an investigation was carried out by the council’s resilience and enforcement team, using a covert deployable CCTV camera.
The offender, Naveed Ahmed, of Oatlands Drive, was caught on camera and invited for interview under caution at the council.
The team presented him with the evidence, and he admitted he was responsible for the dumped waste.
Due to the public health hazard created by the repeated dumping of waste meat and carcasses, a prosecution was sought, and this was heard at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 25 November.
Mr Ahmed did not attend, so magistrates heard the case in his absence, and found him guilty of four offences.
He was fined £2,640 for each offence, ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge, as well as £2,872 towards court costs, bringing the total to £13,622.
Councillor Balvinder Bains, cabinet member for public protection, regulation and enforcement, said: “Any flytipping is a crime and is unacceptable, but to happen upon piles of rotting meat in a public place was particularly disgusting for our crews. In the CCTV footage you can see the offender bring the meat to the site in a plastic bag to dump. This could easily have been put in his home waste bin, where he could have avoided a criminal conviction and a large fine.
“We hope this discourages other people from dumping waste products of any kind. Thank you to our resilience and enforcement and legal teams for their efforts in bringing this to court.”