Bromley fly tipping pair jailed for eight years
PUBLISHED: 15:01 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 04 November 2015
Billy Smith and James Rice sentenced after two week crime spree in west Kent
A pair of rogue traders from Bromley, who fly tipped huge piles of rubbish in parts of west Kent, have been jailed for a total of eight years.
Billy Smith and James Rice 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 convicted over eight separate offences, which took place between June 3 and June 16.
During one of the incidents a witness reported seeing the men hurl bags containing rubble from their LDV tipper truck onto the carriageway in Hogtrough Hill, Brasted.
They were also seen dumping rubbish in Brasted Hill, Sevenoaks.
Other roads, including Shacklands Road in Knockholt, were left completely blocked after the pair fly tipped further waste, before driving away.
They were arrested by Kent Police on September 9 following an investigation, which also included offences in parts of London.
Smith, 28, of Tillingbourne Green, Orpington and Rice, 35, of Swiftsden Way, Bromley appeared at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing on October 28, having previously pleaded guilty to all charges.
They had also admitted six counts of causing a danger to road users.
Smith further admitted failing to comply with a Serious Crime Prevention Order, previously imposed in 2013, to deter him from engaging in cold calling and rogue building or gardening work.
Both men were sentenced to four years in prison.
Leading the investigation for Kent Police was Detective Constable Alan Poulton who said: “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.”
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