Leslie Collins has been sentenced to 34 months imprisonment at Leicester Crown Court. Charges related to operating an illegal waste facility, breech of ASBO and criminal damage.
The 68 year old was given 16 months imprisonment for breaching environmental legislation and a further 18 months to run consecutively for breaching his ASBO and criminal damage.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulations 12 and 38 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and by the Crown Prosecution Service under Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
The Environment Agency and Leicestershire Police worked together to investigate illegal wood waste activities being carried out at the defendant’s home in Whitwick between 17 Feb 2012 and 13 November 2012.
Given the residential location, there was no environmental permit in force authorizing Collin’s activities.
Witnesses saw Collins unloading waste wood materials from his vehicle and taking them into his property, which he would then chop, saw and break up in order to make kindling and other items.
The activities carried out were done so in a manner so as to cause maximum annoyance, harassment and were designed to undermine the living conditions of his neighbours. Part way through the offending period on 17 October 2012, Collins was convicted at Loughborough Magistrates Court for similar earlier offences. Despite being fined by the Court, Collins resumed his unlawful waste wood business the following day.
These activities formed part of the case against Collins that resulted in a lengthy prison sentence.
Collins also caused damage to a neighbour’s drain and poured a foul liquid containing urine, human excrement and other material over his neighbour’s fence on two occasions. These offences were captured on CCTV that the neighbour had installed.
In passing sentence, His Honour Judge Pert QC, stated that the defendant had an “unhappy history of anti-social behaviour” and that the defendant knew that his behaviour was anti-social, which made his neighbours lives a misery.