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Longer jail term for fly-tipper

A fly-tipper has had his jail term increased following an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution.

The EA found that Patrick Joseph Egan, of Grange Road, Grays, had dumped large waste piles illegally outside business sites in Essex and London on five occasions within a month.

Egan pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court to three charges of illegally dumping waste at sites not permitted to accept it.

He was disqualified from driving at the time of the offences, and admitted two further charges of ‘knowingly causing’ the deposit of waste at two other locations.

Egan is serving a prison sentence for similar offences in Newham, east London, and was sentenced to a further two weeks for each of the five offences. These will run concurrently but added to his current sentence.

EA enforcement team leader Lesley Robertson said: “When the amount of waste tipped is this significant, it is not just an eyesore or a huge inconvenience for those whose land have been dumped on – it is waste crime.

“Waste criminals undermine legitimate businesses, often leaving those dumped on to foot the clean-up.

“Mr Egan seems to have had little regard for these people, the public at large or the environment. He was disqualified from driving at the time but dumped lorry loads of waste across Essex and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and allowed his vehicle to be used for the same purpose by others.”

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