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'London's worst fly-tippers' walk free from court

A South London borough has called on the Government to provide tougher sentences for dumping rubbish after two men hailed as Londons worst fly-tippers walked free from court. Barry Running and Derek Kilty ran a profitable business dumping waste and refuse across, Wandsworth, South London. They drove their van around the borough looking for builders and shopkeepers with waste to get rid of, who were prepared to pay them to have it removed. But instead of disposing the rubbish in accordance with the law, the pair would dump the rubbish in the middle of roads, blocking traffic. They defrauded Wandsworth Council by claiming 105 tonnes of waste, left at two refuse sites on 87 occasions, was household rather than commercial, enabling them to avoid £6,000 in charges. The pair were traced by officers from the town halls fly-tip squad at the end of a two month investigation. At South Western Magistrates Court the pair admitted illegal fly-tipping and deception. They were sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay fines of £450 between the both of them. Wandsworth environment spokesman Malcolm Grimston said the judgement was extremely disappointing and called for justice ministers to ensure tougher sentences for such blatant environmental vandalism. Grimston added: If ministers want to assist local authorities in tackling the growing problem of fly-tipping then the criminals who are dumping waste and rubbish into our communities need to understand that if they are caught then they face a realistic prospect of being sent to prison. These two men were apparently running a thriving criminal enterprise that one suspects earned them pretty large sums of money. Councils up and down the country are fighting a daily battle with fly-tippers to keep their streets clean. If ministers dont give clearer guidance to judges and magistrates about the seriousness with which they should treat these offences - then we will be left to fight this battle with one hand tied behind our back.

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