A businessman has been fined after rubbish from his Notting Hill restaurant was found illegally dumped more than 20 miles away in Buckinghamshire.
Rotting food infested with maggots and flies from Sporting Clube de Londres in Elkstone Road was found among 25 black sacks of waste left in beautiful woodland off Bottrells Lane, Chalfont St Giles.
Rui Daniel Faria Velosa, 58, of Exmoor Street, Ladbroke Grove admitted to a charge of failing in his duty of care regarding waste at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Friday (November 11).
The court was told officers from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire examined the rubbish on June 28 and traced it back to Velosa’s Portuguese restaurant .
He had told police the restaurant has a trade waste agreement but because of busy trade during the Euro 2016 Championship , which Portugal won, he had paid a "man with van" to remove an accumulation of excess waste.
Velosa admitted that he had not checked the man’s identity properly, had paid in cash, and had not kept a receipt that would allow the man to be traced.
He was fined £180, and ordered to pay clean-up and prosecution costs to the sum of £1,593.66. A victim surcharge of £30 was also levied, bringing the total he must pay to over £1,800.
Councillor Mike Smith, chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “If Mr Velosa had used his usual professional contractor to remove this excess waste, he could have enjoyed the sporting occasion and the additional custom it brought without having to pay this fine - or worry about damage to his business reputation.”
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