Somerset builder given a criminal behaviour order by the EA
Bernard Molloy, aged 53, a self-employed builder from Somerset, becomes the first person to receive a ban from the Environment Agency (EA), for handling illegal waste.
Mr Molloy, from Shepton Beauchamp, was found guilty on May 26, at Taunton Crown Court, of violating environmental permitting regulations and the Environmental Protection Act.
He was prosecuted for the disposal and burning of illegal waste in a field. The charges were brought against Mr Molloy by the EA.
Mr Molloy pleaded guilty to the charges of transporting, depositing and transferring illegal waste to a field, which lies off Wall Ditch Lane, Merriot.
He was given a five year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), 150 hours of community service and was also made to pay £2,500 in costs.
Conditions of his CBO mean that Molloy is banned from picking up, transporting, or depositing any kind of waste, with regard to his business and may not use any kind of vehicle to implement such activities. Molloy is also forbidden from visiting Wall Ditch Lane, where he dumped the illegal waste.
Molloy could face a five year jail term, if he doesn’t comply with the conditions of his CBO.
Molloy’s activities were uncovered following reports that he had been spotted on several occasions, by different people, driving his Ford Transit flat-bed, full to the brim, down Wall Ditch Lane to a field and then coming back along the road with an empty vehicle. He was captured on film driving to the field and burning the waste.
Some items of waste that Molloy was believed to have taken on his truck to the field include fridges, freezers, rubble and kitchen units.
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