AN ‘ENVIRONMENTAL criminal’ who dumped the contents of a skip, including hazardous waste, on a car park in Hucknall, has been sent to prison.
Joel Marshal (38) has become the first person to be jailed after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Ashfield District Council.
Nottingham Magistrates Court heard that the skip was being investigated by council officers because it had been left on the Station Road car park. Among the debris inside was dangerous asbestos.
But while efforts were being made to trace the owner, enforcement officers received a call to say the skip had been taken and the rubbish inside tipped over the car park.
Marshal, who is previously of Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, but now lives at Pinxton, Derbyshire, was traced and during interview, he admitted he had dumped the illegal waste.
In court, he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was sentenced to 28 days behind bars.
In a case brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), he also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance while on bail for the fly-tipping offence. He was sentenced to 126 days in prison to run alongside the 28-day punishment and was banned from driving for 18 months.
Edd de Coverly, head of neighbourhood services at Ashfield Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious offence and this case shows it carries a serious penalty, which ultimately could be up to five years’ imprisonment and a £50,000 fine.
“The council’s neighbourhood enforcement officers work tirelessly to investigate fly-tipping cases and this prosecution recognises the real public-health risk that this case created.”
Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, added: “We will not tolerate people fly-tipping and the successful action of the enforcement officers and the legal department shows that anybody found guilty of fly-tipping will get caught and will pay for their actions.”
OUR PHOTO shows the rubbish that was tipped by Marshal on to the car park at Station Road, Hucknall.