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Serial fly-tippers jailed in borough council prosecution

News release 10159, published on 06 Apr 2022
Two Basingstoke men who were paid to remove waste from homes but dumped it instead have been handed prison sentences by a judge at Winchester Crown Court.

During a landmark sentencing for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on Tuesday 5 April, Lee Wainwright, 37, of Schubert Road, Basingstoke, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and James Christopher, 36, of Pear Tree Way, Basingstoke was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Wainwright and Christopher were convicted of fly-tipping offences which took place in 11 locations around the borough between February 2019 and July 2020 while they were jointly operating as a business L&J Clearances and then as L&J Man & Van.

During a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on 13 October 2021, Christopher pleaded guilty to 10 fly-tipping offences. Wainwright was found guilty of six offences following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court on 5 January 2022.

The borough council’s Interim Executive Director of Residents’ Services Tom Payne said: “This is a landmark case for us as a borough council, sending a strong warning to fly-tippers that this criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We have achieved 43 prosecutions since May 2018 and until today those offenders have received large fines and court costs as well as criminal convictions. Today two men who were trusted by the public to dispose of their waste correctly received prison sentences for their fly-tipping offences.

“Three of the offences were witnessed by members of the public and their witness accounts have played a key role in achieving today’s result. We thank them for their support and urge others to report fly-tipping or if they witness fly-tipping to notify us so we can continue our work to stamp out this criminal act in our borough.”

Fly-tipping can be reported to the council by calling 01256 844844 or by visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/flytipping

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