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Cornish fly-tipper handed suspended sentence and community service

A 90 day jail sentence, suspended for two years, and 100 hours community service has been given to a Cornish-based fly-tipper. Unregistered waste carrier, Charles OConnor from Redruth, illegally dumped packaging and plasterboard at Tredinnick Quarry and Wheal Jewell travellers site in Cornwall on January 13 2007. During the hearing, brought by the Environment Agency, East Cornwall Magistrates was told that OConnor was paid £80 to remove waste from Tools Galore, in Wadebridge. The shopkeeper had used OConnors services after a registered waste carrier did not arrive. When the shopkeeper heard that waste from his premises had been fly-tipped, he arranged for it to be collected at an additional cost of £300. On January 16 2007 EA officers spoke to OConnor when he arrived at Tools Galore in Wadebridge to collect more waste. He confirmed that three days earlier he had collected packaging and plasterboard from the shop, but denied dumping it at the quarry. He admitted he was not a registered waste carrier and that no transfer note had been completed. He claimed he had taken the plasterboard back to his own property for use as hardcore. He also gave the officers a false address. However, the man had been seen by a police officer unloading 10 to 15 black bags from the back of a Toyota van at his home address.He was placing them in a small refuse skip that was covered in bags filled with broken plasterboard. The bags were later found dumped on the ground. EA spokesman Glyn Sewell said: Before transporting and disposing of waste, people must first register with the EA as a waste carrier. This is very important as it helps ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to protect public health and the environment. It is advisable for both businesses and householders to check with us that people collecting their waste are registered.

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