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Skip company director electronically tagged

An electronic tag and a curfew have been handed to a skip company director found guilty of illegally keeping waste without a waste management licence.

Derbyshires Cheap Skips director Martin John Hudson of Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, was sentenced at Derby Magistrates Court on May 1 2008. His sentence also includes a five month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, 250 hours community service, £5,000 compensation to be paid to the Environment Agency (EA) and a £4308.58 contribution to prosecution costs.

On January 31 2006 EA officers visited Cheap Skips site at Ambergate Sawmills, Ripley Road, and found skips full of waste including old doors, wood, plastic and concrete. Subsequent inspections found more skips on site containing waste as well as piles of demolition waste. On December 4 2006, EA officers went to the Ambergate site with police to seize the companys paperwork.

EA investigating officer Damien Ashby said: Martin Hudson continued to operate Cheap Skips illegally, deceiving customers and undercutting legitimate businesses. This is not his first offence and the sentence imposed, including a suspended prison sentence, community service, compensation payable to the Environment Agency and an electronic tag reflects this.

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