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Serial fly-tipper jailed for two years

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image captionLarge quantities of waste - including unused yellow lifejackets - were dumped across two counties

A serial fly-tipper who "blighted" two counties by dumping waste across them has been jailed for two years.

Licensed waste carrier Robbie Johnston, 32, collected household and builders' waste including beds, baths and doors, but dumped them in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire countryside.

Johnston, of Windmill Close, Barkway, Hertfordshire, was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court after admitting 13 counts of fly-tipping.

The offences happened in 2016 and 2017.

In addition to the custodial sentence, Johnston was given a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from being involved in any waste collection or disposal business for five years, and disqualified from driving for three years.

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image captionRobbie Johnston admitted fly-tipping and was jailed for two years

Johnston was caught after environmental crime officers from North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire district councils traced waste back to households, who were able to identify him.

At Cambridge Crown Court in February he admitted 13 offences under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - more commonly referred to as fly-tipping - in 10 locations including Royston, Letchworth, Steeple Morden and Great Chishill.

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image captionWaste was dumped in June last year on farmland near Royston

Johnston was jailed for 13 offences including:

  • 3 September 2016: He dumped windows, mattresses, a bath and other builders' waste off Barkway Road, Royston, Hertfordshire
  • 22 October 2016: A divan bed, lawnmower, TV, printer, cardboard boxes and household waste were left at a picnic spot in Letchworth, Hertfordshire
  • 1 December 2017: A large quantity of unused yellow lifejackets were dumped, together with building rubble and flooring, near Great Chishill in Cambridgeshire

Andy Goodman, head of public protection at North Hertfordshire District Council, said the case "clearly illustrates that some individuals will continually try to flout the law when it comes to fly-tipping".

"Their behaviour is a blight on the district and we will use all the powers available to us to eradicate such illegal activities," he added.

image copyrightSouth Cambs District Council
image captionJohnston dumped old beds and mattresses in an area in the north of Hertfordshire

Related Topics

  • Great Chishill
  • Fly tipping
  • Letchworth Garden City
  • Royston
  • Steeple Morden
  • Barkway

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