Dumpers who fled from court given two years in jail

The law caught up with two men who had earlier run away from court when in February they were sentenced to two years in prison for chemical waste dumping. The sentences, which exceed those handed down last year for a notorious clinical waste dumping case, appear to be the toughest so far for an environmental offence.

Michael and William Maitchell had been paid to dispose of waste chemicals, including isocyanates, by a Middlesbrough tyre manufacturer. The 30 drums of chemicals, pickaxed to make them drain, were subsequently discovered by chance at a former travellers' site near Stockton (ENDS Report 275, p 48 ). The clean-up op

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