Letchworth builder gets suspended sentence and £4,700 bill after ‘campaign of criminal fly-tipping’ across two counties

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Aston Clinton, near Tring. Photo: Courtesy of B

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Aston Clinton, near Tring. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth builder has been given a suspended sentence and a bill for more than £4,700 following a ‘campaign of criminal fly-tipping’ across two counties.

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Seer Green, near Beaconsfield. Photo: Courtesy

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Seer Green, near Beaconsfield. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

John Keenan, of Fullers Court, was charged after CCTV twice caught him dumping waste from his tipper truck in Buckinghamshire villages.

Four other incidents of fly-tipping in rural Bucks and west Herts were similarly traced back to 33-year-old Keenan and work done by his company, Gladstone Home Improvements, in and around London.

Appearing before High Wycombe magistrates on Wednesday, Keenan pleaded guilty to two counts of fly-tipping and four charges of failing in duty of care regarding waste he had produced.

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Little Missenden, near Amersham. Photo: Courtes

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Little Missenden, near Amersham. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

He was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs totalling £4,749.01.


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Keenan was caught on camera fly-tipping in villages near Aylesbury and Amersham in August and October last year. The other four incidents were between September 2015 and May 2016.

When interviewed by police, he admitted duty of care failings but denied dumping waste himself. He could not account for the physical similarities between himself and the man seen dumping the rubbish in the CCTV footage.

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Askett, near High Wycombe. Photo: Courtesy of B

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Askett, near High Wycombe. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

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In court, he admitted all charges.

Bucks county councillor Warren Whyte said: “This case is a serious one involving a campaign of criminal fly-tipping across the county. In cases like this we will thoroughly investigate so that the perpetrators are brought to justice in Buckinghamshire. As this successful prosecution shows, we will not tolerate this sort of selfish and arrogant disregard for our environment.”

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Halton, near Aylesbury. Photo: Courtesy of Buck

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Halton, near Aylesbury. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Tring. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council

Waste dumped by Letchworth fly-tipper John Keenan in Tring. Photo: Courtesy of Bucks County Council - Credit: Archant

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