Two serial fly-tippers caught dumping trade waste near a children’s dance school have been jailed.
George Kevin Parry and David Smith, who both live in west Derby, were sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to eight charges.
Parry was given 20 weeks’ custody for each charge to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £580 in victim surcharge and costs.
Smith was given 12 weeks’ custody in respect of each count to run concurrently, and was also fined £580 in victim surcharge and costs.
Parry and Smith, both unemployed, were offering a ‘man and van’ service and were caught repeatedly dumping just a few metres from the entrance gate of Jade School for Dance at Back Broadway, Norris Green.
The council said fly-tipped waste, including asbestos, plastic, light bulbs and furniture, was regularly set on fire, although there is no suggestion that this was done by the defendants.
Both men are suspected of carrying out similar activities over an extended period before they were caught.
The pair were caught after an investigation into their activities by the council and Merseyside Police, who installed covert cameras and recorded the offences in May last year.
The council seized their Ford transit van in Fazakerley on 15 September last year under new laws allowing it to target vehicles suspected of being used for illegal waste dumping. The vehicle was destroyed (pictured).
The duo were officially charged on 26 January this year and submitted guilty pleas to the offences on 16 February.
Fly-tipping is estimated to cost Liverpool City Council more than £1m a year and the council has launched a crackdown on the crime.
It is to double the number of mobile teams from two to four, with more emphasis on finding and fining those responsible – particularly builders and businesses illegally dumping trade waste.
Last week the city’s mayor also announced that the authority is considering giving residents a rebate on their council tax for information that leads to a successful capture of offenders.
Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Today’s ruling is a warning to anyone thinking of fly-tipping that we will always take any action we can, including destroying your vehicle.
“The Clubmoor councillors and I are very pleased that action has been taken to bring these offenders to justice. The sentences passed will act as a deterrent to others and encourage people to dispose their waste legally and responsibly.”
Philip Cowin, Merseyside Police sergeant, added: “Parry and Smith assumed they could carry out their illegal activities with impunity and blight our community. They were wrong.”
Christian Wilcox, Environment Agency (EA) area environment manager for Merseyside, said: “We welcome this action taken by Liverpool City Council to combat fly-tipping as it falls into their regulatory powers.
“The EA takes waste crime very seriously because it can cause pollution and put communities at risk.”