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Three fined for Hampshire fly-tip

Three men have been hit with fines, costs and a victim surcharge totalling nearly £6,000 after prosecutions by the Environment Agency (EA) in Hampshire.

Joe Keet, of Firgrove Lane, Wickham, was fined £3,000 by Portsmouth Magistrates for knowingly permitting the deposit of controlled waste.

He was also told to pay £1,904.75 in costs and a victim surcharge of £170.

Jasper Smith and Phillip Jenkins, who brought some of the waste to the site, pleaded guilty and were fined £333 and £121, respectively, and shared costs of £300.

Keet had disposed of waste without the correct permit including construction and demolition waste, household clearance and commercial waste, waste wood, furniture, grab bags, black sacks of domestic waste, underlay and insulation.

EA environment manager Mike O’Neil said: “Keet’s actions showed a blatant disregard for the environment.

”In cases like this, where the actions of individuals threaten to undermine legitimate businesses, we have no hesitation in prosecuting those involved. We, in fact, previously prosecuted Mr Keet in May 2016.”

Keet was prosecuted this time under Section 33(1)(a) and (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended), while the other two men were prosecuted under section 34(1) and 34(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

 

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