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Prison for prolific fly-tipper

South Cambridgeshire fly tipping

A fly-tipper has been jailed for two years after a prosecution brought by two councils.

Robbie Frank Johnston of Windmill Close, Royston, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on 26 February to 13 offences brought by North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire district councils under section 33 Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was sentenced on 20 April.

Johnston had dumped refuse at 10 locations across the two areas, including builders’ waste, carpets, furniture, baths, beds and mattresses.

He operated as a waste carrier and, despite having a licence, was collecting waste and illegally dumping it.

Environmental crime officers were in some cases able to trace the waste back to residents who identified Johnston, and provided photographic evidence of the van used (pictured).

North Hertfordshire also successfully applied for a criminal behaviour order, which for five years prohibits Johnston from being involved in collecting, carrying, depositing or transporting waste. The council also successfully applied for him to be disqualified from driving for three years.

Andy Godman, North Hertfordshire’s head of service for housing and public protection, said: “This case clearly illustrates that some individuals will continually try to flout the law when it comes to fly-tipping.

“Their behaviour is a blight on the district, and we will use all the powers available to us to eradicate such illegal activities.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Anyone can be a registered waste carrier; there should be a new system that you have to qualify for , both financially and technically.

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