Rougham man sentenced to 15 months in prison after fly-tipping 28 tons of commercial waste in Walsham-le-Willows and Acton
A Rougham man was sent to prison on Tuesday for fly-tipping more than 28 tons of commercial waste.
Nigel Roberts was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to 15 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of dumping the waste in Walsham-le-Willows and Acton, in April 2015.
Clearing the waste cost the landowners more than £6,500 and caused distress to them and their families.
The sentence included 12 months imprisonment for the first offence at Walsham-le-Willows, when waste was left on a concrete sugar beet pad on private land owned by Sunnyside Farms, and an additional three months for the second offence at Acton.
The sentencing concluded a long investigation during which evidence was collected and Mr Roberts tracked down.
A crucial part of the evidence convicting Mr Roberts was tracking information from the waste lorry used in the fly-tipping.
Mr Roberts denied the offence but was found guilty at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on October 1, at which time a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We take fly-tipping offences seriously and always seek to catch those responsible, but Mr Robert’s offences have been on an entirely new scale.
“Thanks to evidence from members of the public, the vehicle hire company and hard work by our team, Mr Roberts has received his just reward.
“This should be an example to all those tempted to fly-tip that we can and will prosecute offenders who try to shirk their responsibilities and literally dump them on others.”
Cllr Tina Campbell, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said on Tuesday: “This sentencing and the conviction that preceded it is a great result for our environmental protection team.
“Too many people mistakenly think that fly-tipping is a victimless crime and that they can do so with impunity.
“Today’s decision shows that anyone who thinks they can dump waste on others’ property will be prosecuted.”
Cllr Margaret Maybury, Babergh cabinet member for communities, said: “Fly tipping is an ugly crime that harms our environment, but we often forget the impact it has on the residents and landowners where the crime takes place. Having many tons of waste dropped where you live or work is heart-breaking. ”
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