Van driver fined after dumping tyres in scrub woodland

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A van driver has been fined £300 after being found guilty of dumping four HGV tyres on the side of the road.

Stefan Gradinaru, 39, pleaded guilty at Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday to an offence of depositing waste illegally.

On the night of July 3, a hidden camera targeting fly-tipping off College Road North, Aston Clinton captured images of Gradinaru’s van.

The driver was filmed taking four HGV tyres from the van and leaving them in scrub woodland.

When interviewed by waste partnership investigators, Gradinaru admitted to dumping the tyres.

He explained that he had a semi-flat tyre in his van and he had been on his way home to Borehamwood from Aylesbury after working late.

Gradinaru said he had the tyres with him because he was going to dispose of them near Hemel Hempstead the following morning.

He said he had to take the HGV tyres out in order to finish his journey as his own spare tyre had been stolen and he had no other way of completing his journey.

The 39-year-old said he intended to pick the tyres back up again but had been very busy making trips to Romania.

This had meant that he left the HGV tyres there for several weeks, after which they were picked up by the local authorities as fly-tipping.

Magistrates fined Gradinaru £300 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £500.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, equalling a final total of £830 to pay.

Bucks County Council has made reporting fly-tipping easy – now you can upload details including location and photos online or on your mobile at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly.