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Suspended prison sentence for Derbyshire man who dumped waste in country lane

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A Derbyshire man has been spared jail after he was found guilty of two incidents of fly-tipping on a quiet country lane in the south of the county. The two dumps contained medical supplies, building waste, carpets and bedding while one of the piles had been partially burned.

Thomas Crump, of 20 Escolme Close in Swadlincote, pleaded not guilty to the two counts, arguing that he had taken the waste from a house but had disposed of it at a registered waste management site. However, he was found guilty of the offences and received a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work, pay South Derbyshire District Council’s costs of £3,699.25 within 28 days and a victim surcharge of £128. In all Crump will have to pay £3,827.25.

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The charges related to incidents in February 2021 when a report was made to the council that a large amount of waste had been dumped along a lane used as a bridleway and access route to farmer’s land north of Hilton. When investigating officers arrived at the site they found two large quantities of rubbish.

Crump was later identified as the person responsible for the waste and was questioned under caution by Council officers. Crump attended the interview but refused to make any comment.

In sentencing, District Judge Jonathan Taffe told Crump that he had shown little or no cooperation with the Council and that these types of offences caused considerable distress to farmers and landowners.



When council officers arrived at the site, they found two large dumps of household waste
Aettempts had been made to burn some of the waste

Councillor Stephen Taylor, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Development Service Committee said: “At the time of these incidents, fly-tipping in South Derbyshire was at a record high. We don’t think that it’s a coincidence that incidents of fly-tipping dropped dramatically as soon as Crump realised he was under criminal investigation by the Council.

“The lady who used Crump paid him £400 to dispose of the waste and thought she was getting a good deal. I can only repeat previous appeals that this Council has made asking people to check who they give their waste to. We all have got a legal duty of care to make sure waste is disposed of legally. If a deal to get rid of waste seems too good to be true, then it’s a lie.

“In this case, the lady who disposed of the waste was given a fixed penalty notice of £400 for failing to meet her duty of care. It is to her credit that she was then willing to work with our investigating officers to bring Crump to justice.”

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