Yesterday (15 Jan), Ranbir Singh, Reginald Baldwin and Langley Skip Hire (Midlands) Ltd were sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court in relation to illegal waste activities in Oldbury, West Midlands.
The defendants pleaded guilty at earlier court hearings. A further defendant, Balwant Singh Baghria, is due to be sentenced on 21 February 2014, following consideration of medical evidence.
Ranbir Singh was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and disqualified from being a director of a company for 7 years.
Reginald Baldwin, aged 71 of North Drive, Sutton Coldfield was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years and disqualified from being a director of a company for 7 years. In addition he was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community.
EA – “In the Midlands we now have six waste offenders serving a total of 59 months in prison. We are increasingly using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to trace the money made by their illegal trade and to make polluters pay for their actions”
Langley Skip Hire (Midlands) Limited, was fined a total of £100,000.
A timetable has also been set in relation to confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in relation to the financial gain made by Ranbir Singh, Balwant Singh Bagrhia and Langley Skip Hire (Midlands) Limited throughout the offending period.
Operating and disposal costs alone are calculated to be in the region of £230,000. Confiscation will be dealt with at a future Court hearing.
In passing sentence His Honour Judge Walsh stated that the offences were a deliberate breach of environmental legislation, which had an adverse effect on the amenity of the local area and resulted in substantial costs being incurred by others.
Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Counsel Mr Nicholas Cole told the Court that between the period July 2010 and July 2012, the defendants engaged in large scale, commercial tipping operations at two sites in Oldbury.
Despite interventions from the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Sandwell Planning Authority, operations continued.
Speaking after the case, David Hudson, Environment Manager said: “In the past few months, we have seen a marked toughening in sentences passed by the Courts. Many have led to prison sentences. In the Midlands we now have six waste offenders serving a total of 59 months in prison. We are increasingly using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to trace the money made by their illegal trade and to make polluters pay for their actions.”