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Fly-tipper jailed for dumping rubbish across Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

Robbie Johnston has been jailed for two years. Credit: Herts Police

Police and local councils have vowed to work together to fight what has been dubbed a 'fly-tipping epidemic'.

It comes after a fly-tipper who dumped rubbish across Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire was jailed for two years.

Robbie Johnston, from Barkway near Royston, was a licensed waste carrier but he was caught dumping everything from baths and beds to garage doors and builders' waste.

Some of the waste dumped by Johnston. Credit: South Cambs District Council

Johnston pleaded guilty to 13 offences in 2016 and 2017.

He was prosecuted by North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.

Despite having a waste carrier licence, Johnston was taking people's rubbish and illegally dumping it.

North Hertfordshire District Council also successfully applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order which bans Johnston from being involved in any business or enterprise which involves collecting, carrying, depositing and or transporting waste by any means for five years.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years was also successful.

Johnston admitted dumping waste at several locations including:

  • Barkway Road Royston,
  • North HertsBell Lane, Nuthampstead, North Herts
  • A bridleway just off the A505, Baldock Road, Royston, North Herts
  • Wilbury Hills Picnic Area, Letchworth Garden City, North Herts
  • Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road, Letchworth Garden City, North Herts
  • Therfield Road, Kelshall, North Herts
  • Jubilee Road, Letchworth Garden City, North Herts
  • Modern Grange Farm, Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire
  • Slip End, Ashwell, North Herts
  • Little Chishall Road, Cambridgeshire

"This case clearly illustrates that some individuals will continually try to flout the law when it comes to fly-tipping. Their behaviour is a blight on the district and we will use all the powers available to us to eradicate such illegal activities."

– Andy Godman, North Herts District Council
Some of the dumped waste. Credit: South Cambs District Council.

"There's absolutely no excuse for it, as there are plenty of ways to dispose of waste properly. If you see someone in the act, don't approach them, but try to get as many details about the vehicle and the person you see doing it as possible. This gives us more chance of successfully prosecuting them."

– Mike Hill, South Cambs District Council