A list of the top 10 bizarre excuses people have given after being caught fly-tipping has been released by Buckinghamshire County Council.
Reasons for the illegal dumping of waste range from not being liked by staff at the tip to lending a van to a man who was possibly named Jim.
Members of a waste partnership in Buckinghamshire have published the list as part of ‘zero tolerance’ campaign and hope the catalogue of confessions will help prevent further offences.
Mike Smith, chairman of the Joint Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “The excuses range from the banal to bonkers and the bottom line is there is no excuse for fly-tipping.
“Fly-tipping is a hazard, it’s anti-social and an eyesore.
“While initially appearing humorous, this is actually no laughing matter because fly-tipping has blighted our beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside over many years.
“The extraordinary arrogance of those who dump rubbish in our roads, parks and country lanes is sickening and we will do everything in our power to prevent it.”
Since 2003, the partnership, which comprises of all the local authorities in the county, has secured more than 500 convictions, saving an estimated £2million.
So, here is the definitive list of the top 10 excuses for fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire:
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