High Fines For Illegal Waste Site The Size Of “2 Football Pitches”

Two “known criminals” have each received a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years – and some of the highest fines ever to be imposed on individuals following EA prosecution – for running an illegal waste site the size of two football pitches.

Patrick James Corbally Snr and Patrick Lee Corbally Jnr, owners of PCS Recycling, were sentenced on Friday 9 June 2017 for illegal waste tipping and storage at Baldwins Farm and Bush Farm in Essex.

They were found guilty of depositing waste, including potentially hazardous materials, in 2012 and 2013.

“Illegal and unscrupulous waste criminals are working with total disregard for the environment, landowners, legal waste operators and any member of the public who use the land. We are determined to stop them by working with our partners in a collaborative effort.”

During the investigation, EA Officers discovered a large area, the size of 2 football pitches, where waste had been tipped and spread, accumulating to over 15 metres high in places. At least 7,000 tonnes of waste was deposited between 1 March and 31 August 2012.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to operating a regulated facility without a permit at Baldwins Farm.

Patrick Corbally Snr and Patrick Corbally Jnr also pleaded guilty to being responsible for another organised illegal tip at a nearby site, known as Bush Farm (Priory Angling Club). The defendants were responsible for depositing in excess of 9,000 tonnes of waste at this second site.

The estimated cost to the landowners (Cemex UK) of clearing and remediating the site of waste was up to £3m pounds.

Patrick James Corbally Snr and Patrick Lee Corbally Jnr were each given 10-month prison sentences, which were suspended for 2 years, and along with the PCS Recycling, ordered to pay fines of £120,000 and £55,000 compensation to the land owner Cemex.

High Fines

The sentence was imposed on the basis that the defendants had acted deliberately. There had been major costs of site remediation and significant interference with lawful waste operators, whose legitimate businesses had been undermined.

This fine is one of the highest ever to be imposed on individual defendants following an EA prosecution.

Sarah Mills, the Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: “Due to the complexity of the case, it took a lot of resources to get the right outcome from this investigation.

“We hope this sentence serves as a message to those involved that we won’t stop the fight against this blight, and that it acts as a deterrent against those who undermine legitimate businesses within the industry.”

“Waste crime is a serious issue diverting as much as £1 billion per annum from legitimate business and treasury. Since April 2011 the Environment Agency has invested £65.2m in tackling it.

“Illegal and unscrupulous waste criminals are working with total disregard for the environment, landowners, legal waste operators and any member of the public who use the land. We are determined to stop them by working with our partners in a collaborative effort.

“We hope this sentence serves as a message to those involved that we won’t stop the fight against this blight, and that it acts as a deterrent against those who undermine legitimate businesses within the industry.

“We urge any landowners, farmers, ramblers or dog walkers who find these sites to call us immediately on our 24-hour free incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60 or make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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  1. How does this case help CEMEX recover the money owed to them from the illegal deposit of these materials?
    The fines though large, don’t really redress the balance. What money has been recovered from the culprits?
    The penalty needs to be at least twice the gain.

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