A man has been jailed and an accomplice fined after illegally dumping thousands of tonnes of waste including asbestos.
Investigators from the Environment Agency found asbestos among the waste buried at sites in Yorkshire by Phillip Slingsby aged 42 of Hadds Lane, Thorne .
Some of it was on land belonging to Robert Spencer aged 63, of Oak Farm, Finningley, who was also prosecuted.
Hull Crown Court heard between 2008 and 2010 he dumped waste at sites at Middleton Quarry, Pollington and then at Wroot Road, Doncaster.
Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Christopher Stables said waste was tipped and levelled on an industrial scale. It included wood, vegetation, plastics, and asbestos sheeting and other non-inert waste.
He said it posed a significant pollution risk to nearby water sources.
In total 127,000.00 tonnes of waste were deposited at Middleton Quarry. Lawful disposal would have cost in excess of £440,000.
He then moved operations to 36 Acre Field, Wroot Road, a site owned by Spencer, where 72,000 tonne of waste was dumped.
Between January and October 2009 Spencer allowed Slingsby to tip waste on his land , with was no environmental permit.
In September 2009, EA officers saw tipping at Wroot Road, describing it as a large scale operation. Officers told Spencer it was illegal and it should cease immediately.
Spencer claimed that Slingsby was responsible for the dumping of waste including included brick, rubble, soil, plastics and green waste, metal, wood and tyres. Tests revealed the presence of asbestos.
Slingsby was jailed for a year, ordered to pay £20,000 in costs and disqualified as a director for six years.
He was also subject to a confiscation order in the amount of £200,000.00 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Spencer, was sentenced given a nine month jail sentence suspended for a two years and ordered to pay £20,000.00 in confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Judge Jack said that the defendants had both acted in a way that had “put the public at serious risk.”
The offences were further aggravated by the fact that they were deliberate, committed in environmentally sensitive areas and financially motivated. In passing sentence, he accepted that Robert Spencer was less culpable than Phillip Slingsby.
In both cases, the custody threshold was passed and, whilst the sentence imposed on Robert Spencer could be suspended, such was the seriousness of the case, it was appropriate for Phillip Slingsby to serve an immediate term of imprisonment.
Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency spokesman said: “This was a large scale waste operation where the defendants allowed waste to be brought onto land without being permitted to do so. Illegal waste sites have the potential to cause serious pollution incidents or harm human health, and this prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”