Corby man jailed and facing costs of £750,000 for waste crime

March 26, 2021

A Northamptonshire man, who was jailed in January, after a decade of waste offences has been ordered to pay £12,500 in costs and £140 in victim surcharge.

In addition, he was given a remediation order to clear the land where the offences took place by January 2022. This could, according to the Environment Agency, cost a further £750,000.

It follows a hearing earlier this year that saw Stephen Lack, 68, of Corby, given an 18-month prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to breaching environmental laws over a lengthy period of time.

Lack, trading under the name Abbey Skips, had repeatedly stockpiled waste on a site at Monkton Sidings, Fineshade. He did not have the necessary permits that would have ensured precautions were taken to protect people and nature from harm.

Here he burned and buried waste rather than disposing of it lawfully at authorised waste sites. These actions risked contaminating nearby woods and farmland, caused odours and toxic smoke, and could have attracted large quantities of flies and vermin.

Lack had been given a six-month suspended sentence in 2019 for disregarding the law, despite being warned repeatedly by Environment Agency officers about his activities. However, his illegal burning activities increased during lockdown, in breach of his bail condition, leading to his subsequent prosecution and imprisonment.

Yvonne Daly, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “It’s our job to regulate waste activity to make sure it doesn’t put people or the environment at risk.

“This case is a shocking example of an individual driven by profit blatantly ignoring their responsibilities. He put people and nature in harm’s way and attempted to undercut legitimate businesses.

“The custodial sentence along with significant costs reflects the seriousness of the crime. We hope it serves as a warning to others. We won’t hesitate to take action against those flout the rules.”

 

This is valid as of 26th March 2021.

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