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Fly-tipper escapes jail

31 May 2017 in Community safety and Environment
A fly-tipper who admitted two charges of dumping 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a road in Beckton has avoided prison.
Stuart Beattie, 26, from Upminster appeared for sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday 25 May, having earlier admitted the offences.

The waste was dumped on Eric Clarke Lane, E6, in March this year, and resulted in a road closure that forced buses to be diverted, and blocked an entrance to riding stables. The court heard the tip cost Newham Council over £8,000 to clear.

The dumped waste was investigated by members of Newham’s Fly-tip Task Force after the first of two loads were reported on March 19. Following that incident officers staked out the area, and at 12:20 am the following day Beattie returned to the scene to dump a second load of waste. He was arrested, and in interviews admitted guilt.

In addition the four-axle dumper truck used by Beattie was found to be unsafe, uninsured, and was being used without a waste carrier’s license.

At an earlier hearing a court heard that Beattie, who had no prior convictions, needed the money from fly-tipping to support a £400-a-week cocaine habit.

Sentencing Beattie to three months prison, suspended for two years, Judge Ian Darling said he had taken in to account his previous good character, his early admission of guilt and his co-operation with a drug rehabilitation order.

He also noted that Beattie’s partner was expecting a child. He said: “This is a severe warning shot across your bows, if you are brought back to this court for any breaches of the conditions, the results for you will be onerous.”

Beattie was fined £1,900 for the driving offences, banned from driving for four weeks, and ordered to continue his drug rehabilitation. The judge made a £2,500 compensation order to Newham Council.

Councillor Forhad Hussain, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour said: “This is an extremely disappointing result for Newham and its residents. This individual quite calculatingly drove into our borough with two huge tipper trucks full of waste, some of it toxic, and dumped it on a public highway. The risk to public health, the inconvenience caused by a blocked bus route, and the tax payers’ money spent clearing the mess, is simply not reflected in the sentence.

“The courts must make the penalty fit the crime. Fly-tipping on this scale is big business, with big profits.

“In this case it cost the council over £8,000 just to clear the mess, that’s without the cost of the investigation, surveillance and man hours to bring the case to court.

“The £2,500 compensation simply doesn’t cover the costs – and it’s Newham Council tax payers who will have to pick up the tab. I am outraged by that, I’m sure they will be too!”