Serial fly-tipper sentenced to 10 months in prison

03 Oct 2017

A 25 year old man from Stevenage was sentenced to 10 months in prison last week (28 September) after pleading guilty to five counts of fly-tipping household waste across Hertfordshire. 
 
The case was originally brought before Stevenage Magistrates Court by Mr James Ellis, prosecution for North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) who also acted on behalf of Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts Council on Friday 17 March. However Mr Grant Oscar Gilham pleaded Not Guilty, meaning the matter was sent to the Cambridge Crown Court for trial.
 
Mr Gilham, who now lives in Bryanstone Road in Waltham Cross, committed the five offences between January and April 2016 while operating an illegal waste disposal business without an environmental permit.
 
Mr Gilham’s charges included the unlawful dumping of:
 
• controlled household waste on farm land in Benington
• chairs, furniture, children's toys and various other items in Ashwell Road, Bygrave
• planks of wood and other items of waste between Halls Green and Warrens Green in Weston
• golf clubs, plasterboard, wood and various other items in Bygrave Road, Ashwell
• a barbeque, a wooden door, black sacks and various other items at Tye End Garage Compound, Stevenage.
 
Following months of trial preparation, Mr Gilham decided to change his plea to Guilty and the matter was brought before Cambridge Crown Court for sentencing on 28 September 2017. The judge, His Honour Judge Farrell QC, said that the sentence would have been 12 months, but that in recognition of Mr Gilham’s eventual Guilty plea, this would be reduced by 1/6th to 10 months.
 
As part of the Herts Fly-tipping Group* all local councils in Hertfordshire work closely to deal robustly with anyone caught committing these offences.
 
Cllr Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health, said: "Local residents have made it clear to us how disgusted they are with this sort of behaviour, so it’s good news that this man will go to prison for his actions. It sends out a strong message to other would-be fly-tippers that we will not tolerate this behaviour. If you’re a householder considering paying people like Mr Gilham to do house clearances on the cheap – think again and stop! You have a responsibility to dispose of your waste properly - if you don’t you could find yourself in court too.”
 
Cllr Jackie Hollywell, Stevenage Borough Council Executive Member for Communities, Community Safety and Equality, said: “This successful prosecution is down to hard work by council teams across the county, working together to collect evidence. It shows our determination to cut fly-tipping and ensure anyone who dumps waste in our area is brought to justice.”
 
For more information on how to report flytipping visit this page: stevenage.gov.uk/street-care-cleaning/40172/

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