A man found guilty of fly-tipping over 28 tons of commercial and industrial waste in Mid Suffolk and Babergh was today sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to 15 months imprisonment.
Mr Nigel Roberts, from Rougham, dumped over 28 tons of waste in two incidents in April 2015 at both Walsham Le Willows and Acton. Clearing the waste cost the landowners over £6,500 and caused distress to them and their families.
The sentence included 12 months imprisonment for the first offence at Walsham Le Willows, and an addition three months for the second offence at Acton.
The sentencing comes at the conclusion of a long investigation during which evidence was collected and Mr Roberts tracked down. A crucial part of the evidence convicting Mr Roberts was tracking information from the waste lorry used in the fly-tipping.
Mr Roberts, despite pleading not guilty to this offence, was found guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on 1 October 2018, at which time a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We take fly-tipping offences seriously and always seek to catch those responsible, but Mr Robert’s offences have been on an entirely new scale. Thanks to evidence from members of the public, the vehicle hire company and hard work by our team, Mr Roberts has received his just reward. This should be an example to all those tempted to fly-tip that we can and will prosecute offenders who try to shirk their responsibilities and literally dump them on others.”
Cllr Tina Campbell, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This sentencing and the conviction that preceded it is a great result for our Environmental Protection team. Too many people mistakenly think that fly-tipping is a victimless crime and that they can do so with impunity: today’s decision shows that anyone who thinks they can dump waste on others’ property will be prosecuted.”
Cllr Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Ward Member for Acton, said: “Fly tipping is an ugly crime that harms our environment, but we often forget the impact it has on the residents and landowners where the crime takes place. Having many tons of waste dropped where you live or work is heart breaking and requires many resources to clear. Regularly and in some cases daily, Acton residents keep their community neat and tidy with many residents giving their time and energy to help clear litter in their neighbourhoods, the fact that one man could so unthinkingly do such damage and be so disrespectful to our community is really shameful. I do hope the distress these incidents caused was taken into account when today’s sentence was passed.”