Fly-tipper jailed after eight years

A fly-tipper who escaped sentencing for eight years was finally jailed for three months in February.

Peter Fitzgerald, owner of Town & Country Skip Hire in Bardney, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty before Grimsby magistrates back in 2000 to four offences of depositing controlled waste without a licence. The offences were all contrary to section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Mr Fitzgerald had repeatedly dumped and burnt waste at his company’s site in Bardney in the late 1990s.

However, he failed to turn up for sentencing three months later. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but he was not found until 2007.

Sentencing him at Grimsby magistrates court on 28 February, District Judge Daniel Curtis said it was probably the worst case of fly-tipping he had seen and that the public purse had been put to vast expense because of Mr Fitzgerald’s lack of cooperation - money that was unlikely to be recovered.

Senior Environment Agency officer Kim Scott said, "Mr Fitzgerald demonstrated a total disregard for waste management legislation…This case illustrates that even those offenders who are evasive cannot escape justice."

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