12 week curfew for depositing tyres on farmland.

Court news
Court news

For two years Adrian Last illegally stored waste tyres on disused farm land in the Louth area while trading as The Branch/Crusade on Waste.

On Monday, January 27, Boston Magistrates Court sentenced him to a 12-week electronically monitored curfew. Last will be required to stay indoors between the hours of 8pm and 3am.

The Court also told him he would pay £500 towards the Environment Agency’s costs.

Last’s defence solicitor told the Court Mr Last had been suffering with a number of health problems and had lost his job, which contributed to him being unable to clear the site.

Magistrates told Last they found his offending to be deliberate and financially motivated.

Emma Cranfield, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Last told investigating officers he thought up to 6,000 tyres had been taken to the farm in Fulstow.

He also told officers he bought the tyres and sold on those that were re-usable.

He estimated 30 percent were suitable for selling on.

He said he had been ill, which meant he had been unable to clear the site.

Miss Cranfield explained to the Magistrates Last had registered some waste exemptions with the Agency for waste recovery and recycling, but the exemptions were either not relevant to the activities seen on site or the conditions of the exemptions were being breached.

“Last failed to respond to advice given by our officer,” she said.

“He was given ample time to clear the site.”

After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Rob Flint said: “This sort of waste activity can harm the environment and because of the numbers and the way they were stored there was a very real fire risk.

“Everyone who disposes of waste has a duty of care to ensure their waste is handled correctly.”