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Fly-tipper flees UK to avoid jail

An arrest warrant has been issued for a serial fly-tipper who was jailed for 20 months in his absence.

Martin McDonagh, 23, of St Budeaux, Plymouth, was described by the judge at Plymouth Crown Court as a “persistent offender who showed a ruthless determination to dump waste wherever it suited”.

McDonagh is believed to have fled to Ireland rather than face the consequences of dumping waste at 18 sites in Devon.

McDonagh fly tip

McDonagh fly tip

He cold-called people offering to take waste away for cash, saying  the waste would be taken to a local tip, but it was dumped in surrounding countryside. Victims were traced from documents and paperwork.

McDonagh was also ordered to pay a total of £7,000 costs, and a criminal behaviour order prohibits him from being involved in any business enterprise involving the collection, carrying or transport of waste.

The van used during his crime spree was seized and destroyed by the Environment Agency (EA).

He was caught following a joint investigation led by the EA with support from Devon and Cornwall Police and Teignbridge, Plymouth, West Devon and South Hams councils.

At an earlier hearing, Judge Ian Lawrie said McDonagh would have faced a two-year prison sentence had he not submitted a guilty plea.

Issuing the arrest warrant after his non-appearance, Lawrie said: “Bring him back before the court.”

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