Council officers' investigation helps lead to custodial sentence

Date 09/08/2017
Tipio Talybont

Gwynedd Council officers’ role in a joint investigation into a spate of serious fly tipping offences has led to two people being jailed.

A serious case of fly tipping at Talybont near Bangor was investigated by the Council’s Street Enforcement Team. Officers found around 50 bags of rubbish dumped into a stream which caused a risk of pollution, a risk of flooding and a danger to wildlife.

Further investigation of the waste that had been dumped revealed it was linked to the Colwyn Bay area. Gwynedd Council worked in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, North Wales Police and Conwy and Denbighshire Councils, and found a pattern of similar incidents across the region.

Other cases included the dumping of bags of rubbish and household items such as fridges and matrasses at Llyn Brenig, Abergele, Denbigh and Colwyn Bay.

This diligent work led to the arrest, charging and in July 2017 to the conviction of Conor Greenwood, 23, formerly of Prestatyn but now of Plymouth, and Paul Parry, 26, of Berth y Glyd, Old Colwyn, for environmental crimes. At Llandudno Magistrates Court, both men were sentenced to 40 weeks in jail, were banned from driving for 16 months, and forfeiture of a van was ordered.

The court heard how the two men had acted as a waste disposal business, charging unsuspecting members of the public to clear out their properties. But instead of disposing the waste in a responsible and legal manner it was dumped in rural areas, posing a risk of environmental damage which local authorities had to clear up.

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal Services, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, said: “This result demonstrates beyond any doubt that intelligence sharing and close collaboration between Fly-tipping Action Wales partners gets results. The custodial sentences for these multiple offences must serve as a stark warning to anyone who thinks that they can get away with fly-tipping in North Wales.”

Gwynedd residents who see fly tipping in their local area can report such incidents via the website www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru and click on ‘Report a problem’ or phoning 01766 771000.

According to Fly-tipping Action Wales, two thirds of all illegally dumped waste comes from households. If your waste is found dumped, you could be fined up to £5,000. As householders, we all have a social and legal responsibility to make sure that waste from our homes is disposed of properly.

If you are giving your waste to a tradesperson, always ask where they are taking your waste and check that they are a registered waste carrier by requesting to see that person's waste carrier licence. (this can be checked at http://www.flytippingactionwales.org/en/)