On 2nd December 2019, Horace Piggott of Killamarsh, was given a two year prison sentence at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to multiple waste offences and fraud.
North East Derbyshire District Council’s joint Environmental Enforcement Team carried out investigations alongside Rotherham Borough Council and brought a successful joint prosecution, as the fly tipping occurred over multiple authority boundaries.
During the council’s investigations, it became evident the scale of the operation was huge. The offences occurred over multiple counties, for a number of years. Piggott distributed leaflets in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas advertising a waste collection service under a false name and address. The waste was then subsequently collected and dumped at multiple sites across Sheffield, Rotherham and Bolsover.
Homeowners who initially believed they were dealing with a legitimate business, which was properly authorised to deal with waste, were in reality, being subject to a fraudulent, illegal waste operation.
Council officers retrieved evidence from the waste, obtained CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses proving that Piggott was responsible.
In addition to the prison sentence, Piggott received a ten year criminal behaviour order making it a further offence for him to be involved in any waste activities, and further vehicles were seized from him linked to recent fly tipping. Rotherham Borough council had previously seized fifteen vehicles from Piggott suspected of being involved in organised fly tipping.
Judge Thomas QC commented that Horace Piggott had shown a persistent disregard for the regulatory regime by continuing to fly-tip, despite already having a suspended sentence and being aware he was under investigation.
Horace Piggott’s son, Deano Piggott, was given a 12 month community order with up to 15 days rehabilitation activity and 120 hours unpaid work, also for fly-tipping offences.
Joanna Galvin was also sentenced to eight months imprisonment, which was suspended for 12 months with up to 15 days rehabilitation activity and 80 hours unpaid work for money laundering directly linked to the waste offences.
Councillor Martin Thacker, Leader of North East Derbyshire Council said, “Fly-tipping is an offence which affects areas all over the country. NEDDC takes this very seriously, as it is a blight on the countryside, a dangerous hazard and costs tax payers money. We will not tolerate such acts. The Council is delighted by the outcome of this case.
“There is no excuse to fly-tip. Our collaborative working with other authorities and agencies will serve as a stark message to those criminals that we will take robust enforcement action to ensure they are brought to justice.”
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Street Scene and environmental Health, Councillor Deborah Watson said, ““This was not a single occurrence, but rather an organised operation of fly tipping which continued over a number of years, and so we are extremely pleased with the sentence the culprit has received.
“We hope that this serves as a warning to anyone not abiding by the law, that this authority will indeed use the full force of the law against these individuals and put an end to such criminal activity.”
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Community Safety and Street Scene, Tom Smith, said: “This is a great result for all the staff that have been working hard on this case. The joint operation is one of the largest of its kind. Legitimate waste removal companies will have waste carriers licenses and a real business address. They will always offer receipts for the waste and be able to explain where it will be disposed. Where residents go for the cheap unofficial option to dispose of waste; they could also be committing an offence and can be prosecuted.”
Residents can ensure their waste is disposed of correctly by asking the following questions of waste providers:
- Ask to see their waste carrier licence registration (provided by the Environment Agency). If they do not have waste carriers licence then do not allow them to take the waste.
- Ask for a waste transfer note / receipt or invoice with all relevant details as outlined the waste duty of care code of practice.
- To report fly tipping you may have seen visit www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk