Bogus Public Tip Users Successfully Prosecuted - 25 October 2007

Western Riverside Waste Authority successfully prosecutes over deception at its Civic Amenity Sites.

Wandsworth residents Barry Running and Derek Kilty ran a lucrative business, charging for the disposal of commercial waste and dumping it free of charge at Western Riverside Waste Authority's Civic Amenity Sites. They drove their flatbed van around looking for builders and shopkeepers with waste to get rid of, who were prepared to pay them to have it removed. But instead of disposing of it in accordance with the law, the duo would dispose of the waste at the Authority's two civic amenity sites at Smugglers Way and Cringle Street, where they would claim the waste was "household", rather than commercial, and was therefore exempt from charges.

One of the pair signed a declaration each time they visited the sites, stating that the waste was from their own homes. On Thursday, 18th October 2007, at South Western Magistrates Court, Mr Running of Hefer Road, Battersea, and Mr Kilty of Freedom Street, Battersea, both pleaded guilty to deception.

Both were sentenced to 200 hours' community service and, in addition, Mr Running was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the Authority and Mr Kilty £200.

Colin James, the Authority's General Manager, said:

"This case proves that the Authority is serious when it says it will prosecute persons that abuse the civic amenity facilities provided for local residents and this will hopefully act as a deterrent to others. Whilst the Authority is pleased with the outcome, officers will be recommending that the Authority lobbies Government for the introduction of stiffer penalties in relation to such offences."