A fly-tipper from Upminster is facing jail for dumping asbestos waste on a street in Beckton, Newham.
The 26 year old man, Stuart Beattie, has admitted to dumping 36 tonnes of contaminated waste on Eric Clarke Lane, in two separate areas.
As a result of his fly tipping, the road had to be closed and buses were put on diversion.
This caused disruption for local residents.
The entrance to children’s riding stables were also blocked as a result.
So far, the cost to clean up the area has been £9,000 to the local council.
The case, however, has been referred on to Snaresbrook Crown Court, as Thames Magistrates Court have declared that their powers of punishment are insufficient to match the seriousness of the crime.
Mr Beattie will be sentenced on Thursday.
Pat Murphy, Councillor, said, “This was a fantastic piece of work by the fly-tip task force, which has swiftly brought a criminal fly-tipper to book. Beattie showed no regard for the safety of Newham residents when he dumped asbestos-contaminated waste on a public highway.”
“His actions also resulted in substantial inconvenience to residents who found their buses re-routed.”
“I am delighted the magistrates recognised the seriousness of the offences, and we look forward to the crown court taking a similarly tough stance, and sentence accordingly.”
“This case underlines our commitment to investigate, catch and bring to justice criminals who endanger our residents, and deface our environment by dumping rubbish in our borough.”
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Published Apr 19, 2017