Custodial Sentence Looms for Prolific Fly Tipper
Published on Wednesday, 8th August 2018
On Tuesday 31st July Mr Roeg Wadham, from Clifton Campville in Lichfield District, attended Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to five charges of fly tipping across 3 Local Authority areas.
Members of the public had paid Mr Wadham to remove transit van loads of waste from their properties which was later discovered fly tipped within various locations in North Warwickshire, Lichfield and Tamworth.
The Court stated that Mr Wadham’s actions were pre-determined and organised. Due to the significant amount of waste deposited in such rural locations, the Court indicated that it passed the custody threshold.
David Humphries, Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council said: “This joint prosecution is a great example of communication between authorities and highlights the priorities given to fly tipping investigations. We do not condone this offence and the team in Environmental Health investigating these offences try their hardest to bring these people to account.”
Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, Lichfield District Council said: “We are pleased the court has indicated there may be a custodial sentence. It will act as a warning to all the rogue traders out there who continue to charge for waste services, but then illegally fly-tip rubbish in rural places, blighting the landscape and costing tax payers’ money to clean it up. Working in partnership to pursue this case has meant that we could show just how much time and damage one business can do, and we hope a custodial sentence will make Mr Wadham change his ways.”
The court decided to adjourn sentencing for a full report from probation. Sentencing will take place at Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court on 21 August 2018.
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