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100 ton rubbish mound sent a fly-tipper to jail

Lush green fields turned into a wasteland by the actions of a rogue fly-tipper.


The rubbish mountain cause by fly tipper Wayne Richards.SWNS
This is the desolate wasteland created by a rogue fly-tipper who dumped 28 lorry loads of rubbish across country lanes.

Waste collector Wayne Richards, 36, created the mess after illegally dumping tonnes of rubbish rather than paying to have it safely disposed.

His haul of waste included washing machines, a fridge, hundreds of bricks, garden waste - and a deckchair.

Richards was paid to deposit domestic refuse safely at licensed sites - but instead chose to dump the lot in Hallen and Avonmouth, Somerset, to maximise his profits.

The 36-year-old from Southmead, Somerset, was last week jailed for 15 months at Bristol Crown Court.

Prosecuting on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA), Syan Ventom told how Richards was operating under the company name Richards Rubbish Clearance - with a permit to do so - when the offences took place in 2009.

But Richards was clocked secretly dumping tonnes of waste across picturesque countryside when EA officers tracked documents left amongst the rubbish back to him.

Earlier EA officers had found nine piles of waste dumped on Severn Road on February 4. And 12 days later they stumbled across two more - including a TV, a bath, a car seat and children's toys.

Even more rubbish was found on a nearby farm track, including mattresses and carpets, on March 27.

And on June 16, a city council worker came across fly-tipped waste - which included a deckchair - dumped across a road off King's Weston Lane.

It was revealed in court that he had been paid £165 to take away a load and deposit it, but wanted to avoid paying hefty charges to dispose it.

Despite being a registered waste carrier, Richards was unable to produce Waste Transfer Notes for his business activities.

And he claimed another company, Fast Clear Waste Removal, had been responsible for clearing waste for him.

But when the Environment Agency carried out further checks, no trace could be found of this company.

And during a search of his home, significant quantities of hazardous asbestos sheeting was found stored at the front and rear of the property.

The father-of-two admitted four counts of illegally depositing controlled waste and one count of failing to keep a written description of waste he carried. He had already been given a caution in 2003 for breaching waste disposal regulations.

Mitigating, Edward Burgess said since these offences Richards has kept out of trouble and retrained as a plumber.

He said his client was experiencing financial hardship at the time and had since "seen the error of his ways".

Jailing him, Judge David Ticehurst said: "Fly-tipping is a growing problem at the moment. Sites are unscrupulously chosen by people like you, without any regard to the potential hazards they may cause, whether to health, or to children or to any passers by.

"I have no doubt you knew full well what you were doing was illegal and you persisted in doing that on a number of occasions."

Victoria Freke, from the Environment Agency, said: "Fly-tipping offences such as this case are common and leave local taxpayers with substantial clean-up costs.

"Invariably offenders are motivated by financial gain and have little regard for the environment. Where we have the evidence we won't hesitate to prosecute."


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