Waste criminal caught up a tree and sister fined after night raid
A brother and sister have been fined £5,000 each and ordered to pay £5,195 in costs for carrying out a massive illegal tyre-dumping operation across South Buckinghamshire.
Twenty-eight-year-old Usman Ahmed from Slough was convicted of nine offences of illegal dumping on 4 October following a trial at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, and his sister Rizwana Ahmed, 23, was convicted at the same hearing for assisting her brother and covering up his criminal activity. As well as the fines, Ahmed was also sentenced to 200 hours’ unpaid work and his sister to 110 hours.
Though the enforcement officers from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire that brought the prosecution collected evidence for nine offences, it is believed that, in total, Ahmed may have been responsible for over 40 dumping incidents across South Buckinghamshire, each involving 50-60 tyres.
The court heard that the tyres were usually dumped across unlit roads in the middle of the night, posing a risk of death or injury to passing motorists. No evidence of Ahmed’s identity was ever found with the dumped tyres, and all his activity took place late at night when there were no witnesses.
However, the illegal tyre-dumping was brought to an end when county council enforcement officers and Thames Valley Police, after building intelligence with surveillance cameras, caught the perpetrator red-handed in the middle of a midnight dumping spree. After a brief car chase, Ahmed abandoned his van and was traced by police dog handlers, who found him hiding up a tree.
‘Robbing the country of its money’
Sentencing the pair, Judge Francis Sheridan expressed strong opinions about the blight caused to Buckinghamshire by illegal dumping, calling fly-tippers “the scourge of the countryside” that are “robbing the county of its money” through clear-up costs – money which, he said, could otherwise be used to provide much-needed services for local people.
“Our waste partnership officers have worked closely with the police to secure the convictions in this case. Not only was the extent of the dumping extreme, but it was done in such a way in the middle of roads at night as to create a severe risk of death or injury to passing motorists.”
Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire County Council Member for Planning & Environment, added: “With the collusion of his sister, this man has been responsible for the dumping of tyres on our country roads on an industrial scale – indeed, he appears to have been operating a criminal waste disposal business. I’m very pleased that the fines and costs imposed reflect their appalling behaviour.”