Two rogue traders who fly tipped huge amounts of rubbish across Kent have been sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Billy Smith, 28, and James Rice, 35, blocked country lanes and blighted beauty spots with waste including rubble, old doors and a washing machine in areas including Knockholt, Westerham and Sevenoaks.

Both men were sentenced to four years in jail at Maidstone Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to 6 counts of causing a danger to road users.

During one of the incidents a witness reported seeing the men hurl bags containing rubble from their LDV tipper truck onto the carriageway in Brasted.

They were also seen dumping rubbish on roads in Sevenoaks and Knockholt, leaving them completely blocked with waste before driving away.

The pair were arrested by Kent Police on 9 September following an investigation.

Billy Smith and James Rice Credit: Kent Police

Smith and Rice showed an absolute disregard and contempt for their surroundings. They posed as genuine traders offering to remove waste and rubbish from people’s homes but then discarded of their cargo in the most irresponsible and deplorable way, defiling the countryside and breaking the law. These type of crimes not only have profound environmental consequences but can also cause great distress to local residents and I’m very pleased that the court has passed what are very significant sentences indeed. The message these sentences send is loud and clear; there will be serious consequences for anyone involved in fly tipping rubbish in Kent. >

DC Alan Poulton, Kent Police