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Second jail term for waste criminal

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A waste operator who was jailed five years ago after being exposed by a TV programme has been sent to prison again following a new investigation led by the Environment Agency (EA).

Marcus Bairstow, 41, of Southampton, was sentenced to 30 weeks’ imprisonment after admitting five offences and what the judge called “the flagrant breach” of earlier court orders.

Southampton Crown Court heard that Bairstow had been convicted in March 2011 following a major multi-agency investigation into the dumping of waste in Hampshire. He was jailed for two years and banned from most waste activities other than lawfully carrying waste.

He had also been exposed by the BBC’s Rogue Traders programme that bugged and tracked waste and filmed him dumping it.

After serving his sentence, Bairstow rented a site near Eastleigh in May 2015, telling the owner he wanted to bring skips and sort waste on-site in addition to burning it.

Earlier, in January 2015, waste collected by Bairstow was subsequently found on farmland and, a month later, a van belonging to Bairstow tipped a large quantity of waste into a pub car park.

The EA prosecutions followed a joint investigation involving Test Valley Borough Council, Southampton City Council and Hampshire Police.

Nigel Oliver of the EA said: “Bairstow was clearly aware of his obligations and responsibilities in the handling and treatment of waste but, yet again, wilfully ignored them, putting the local environment at repeated risk.”

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