A BRAZEN fly-tipper was caught red-handed dumping a truckload of soil on private land in South Oxfordshire.

William Connors, of Oaks Caravan Park, Fyfield Wick, near Abingdon, has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after Vale of White Horse District Council successfully prosecuted him for flytipping.

The crime was caught on camera after the council placed CCTV cameras in Harwell, where he left the soil, following a number of similar cases at that spot. 

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The 60-year-old appeared in Oxford Magistrates' Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful deposit of waste from a vehicle.

The magistrates imposed a conditional discharge for 12 months. 

Mr Connors was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,006 and a victim surcharge of £21.

The court was told that he accepted that he had control of the vehicle used when the waste was dumped, but he failed to provide enough information about the person who was driving the vehicle.

He also denied it was him. 

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Magistrates were also advised that when Mr Connors became aware that the council were investigating this flytip, he visited the landowner to apologise and paid more than £200 for it to be removed and disposed of correctly.

Vale councillor Catherine Webber commented on the case: "The council takes cases of flytipping extremely seriously, which is why officers installed CCTV cameras at this known flytipping spot.

"Flytipping is not acceptable and officers will always investigate any incidents reported to them."