Man fined for fly tipping

A man who refused to pay a fixed penalty notice for fly tipping has ended up with a criminal conviction after a court hearing. 

David Lacatus, of St John’s Road, Slough pleaded guilty to fly tipping in Buckingham Gardens, during an appearance at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday 12 May. 

On 24 November 2022, Mr Lacatus attended Buckingham Gardens in his Silver Vauxhall Vectra and parked at the rear fire exit of Travelodge.

He then proceeded to remove from his boot and deposit a table, drawers and bags of clothing onto the public highway. The incident was caught on CCTV.

Mr Lacatus was offered multiple opportunities to pay a fixed penalty notice to discharge any liability for prosecution for this offence, however, he failed to do so.

At court, he was fined £276, and must pay a victim surcharge of £116 and £500 costs. 

Greg Edmond, the council’s principal housing and enforcement officer, said: “This never needed to happen and come to court. He could have paid the fine and it would have been dealt with. Instead, he has a hefty bill and a criminal record. 

“Normal household waste can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Chalvey for free. There are also clothing bins there. 

“We hope this acts as a reminder that everyone should be playing their part to dispose of waste correctly and lawfully.”

Published: 15 May 2023