Two fly-tippers who ran a successful business dumping more than 14,000 tonnes of waste at sites in and around London were jailed last week for a total of three years.
The court was told Patrick Anderson and James Kelleher made £1.2million running a “wide scale operation to unlawfully deposit waste material” including soil, rubble and other construction waste.
The pair hired workers in high-visibility jackets, used lorries and put up health and safety signs to disguise their operations.
Andrew Colman, the Prosecutor said: ‘An empty site would be chosen, and the locks were broken and replaced.’
The two men trained their employees to hand out a false mobile number and claim they had “authority from the council” when questioned by officials.
The operation then quickly shut down and the vehicles disappeared.
Between January 2003 and June 2004 the fly-tippers were involved in 15 incidents of fly-tipping across London.
Kelleher, who has previous convictions, was jailed for 14 months and Anderson was jailed for 22 months.