A waste cheats prison sentence appeal has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal in what the Environment Agency (EA) called a warning to other waste criminals.
A 14-month sentence was handed to first time offender James Gerard Kelleher, from Dagenham, for conspiring to unlawfully deposit controlled waste.
Kelleher had operated with Patrick Joseph Anderson, from Ireland, who received a record 22-month jail term for serious fly-tipping. Both were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on June 12, 2008 as the result of a three-year investigation codenamed Operation Huron.
The EA welcomed the appeal dismissal as a victory for the environment and law abiding businesses.
During Operation Huron the EA found that between January 2003 and June 2004 both men had illegally dumped more than 14,600 tonnes of waste across London and Essex.
Dismissing Kellehers appeal the Court, presided over by the Lord Chief Justice, said that as an organiser of a wide scale operation to dump waste unlawfully the custodial sentence he received was appropriate.
The EA operation was praised by Environment Minister Hilary Benn who called it an incredible success when speaking at the EAs annual conference on November 24. Benn said he wanted to help the EA and local authorities to tackle fly-tipping. He said the Government was looking at whether registered waste carriers should have to display proof of their registration in the vehicle windscreen to help enforcement and to ensure that people know theyre dealing with a legitimate operator.