A Derbyshire man has been hit with a six-year criminal ASBO after dumping bags of demolition waste in the South Derbyshire countryside.
David Pearson, aged 68, of Violet Street, Derby, pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court to two charges of fly-tipping and two charges of carrying waste without possessing a waste management licence.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act and the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act. Mr Pearson received a six-year Anti Social Behaviour Order and was ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a three and four month suspended sentence and must pay costs of £1,351.25. He was also ordered to pay compensation to South Derbyshire County Council of £67.50.
The ASBO served on Mr Pearson will prevent him from operating a waste collection business in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire or Staffordshire until 2014.
For the Environment Agency, Counsel Kevin Saunders told the court that Mr Pearson traded as King David Moving and Distribution Limited in Derby.
On the 31 August 2006 an Environment Agency Officer noted waste including bags of plaster and wallpaper waste dumped on the verge of Hartshorne Road, Derbyshire. The waste was traced to a property in Derby where King David Moving and Distribution Limited had been paid to remove the waste.
On the 20 February 2007 a vehicle owned by Mr Pearson was seen carrying waste rubble which was deposited at Upper Bainbridge Street, Derby.
Speaking after the case Tim Ross, an Environment Agency Officer involved in the investigation said: “Mr Pearson has been operating outside the controls that protect the general public from fly-tippers. He has failed to register as a legitimate waste carrier with the Environment Agency, and his actions have resulted in the illegal disposal of waste that is impacting on local communities in both Derby and South Derbyshire. The Environment Agency will continue to pursue these irresponsible, anti‑social and illegal waste dumpers who blight our environment ”
Environment Agency waste policy adviser Karen Alden said: “ASBOs are a vital backup to prosecuting waste cheats and a crucial tool in our battle to crack down and catch individuals who have no regard for our health and environment.
“Waste criminals not only face fines, but also custodial sentences, driving bans, and having their assets seized. These serious penalties reflect the impact these offences are having on everyone's local environment and we are working hard to ensure that waste crime does not pay.”