Two fly-tippers were caught out by an undercover operation mounted by Liverpool City Council officers and police. George Parry, 55, and David Smith, 53, both of Aspes Road, West Derby were captured on film as they dumped tonnes of dangerous waste outside a school.
The two men fly-tipped the waste, including sheets of asbestos and sacks of broken asbestos, by the Jade School for Dance gates in Back Broadway, Liverpool. In fact, the men had been spotted dumping rubbish at the same site on several occasions. They had been running a man-and-van service.
Parry and Smith had their transit van seized and destroyed by the Council and appeared before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court facing four charges of fly-tipping. The two pleaded guilty.
Parry was sent down for 20 weeks and fined £580. He was also handed a 12-month driving disqualification. Smith was locked up for 12 weeks and given a £580 fine.
District Judge Andrew Shaw told Parry and Smith, “Fly-tipping is a curse of modern society. In this case, for financial gain, you dumped rubbish including crushed asbestos in a semi-residential area. You had no concern for any local residents. I’m told you didn’t know what you were dumping. That is no excuse; you didn’t care.”
Councillor Steve Munby told the Liverpool Echo, “Fly tipping has a huge environmental and financial cost and must be fought tooth and nail. Today’s ruling is a warning to anyone thinking of fly tipping that we will always take any action we can, including destroying your vehicle.”