UK serial ‘drive-by’ trash dumper jailed and trucks crushed as warning to others

A jailed UK truck driver who frequently dumped his loads of rubbish illegally has had two vehicles crushed as a warning to others.

Croydon Council released footage of one incident in March last year that ended up with George Smith copping a year behind bars.

In the CCTV, the 40-year-old can be seen driving down a laneway in South Croydon while dumping a full load of rubbish in front of a resident’s driveway.

The council also released video of Smith’s trucks being crushed at a London scrapyard after Croydon Council[1] was granted permission from a court to destroy the vehicles.

During the 40-year-old’s January hearing, judge Karen Hammond was appalled after hearing how Smith would profit from brazenly dumping garbage throughout Croydon.

“I’m satisfied that you made a significant income by fly-tipping, enriching yourself to the detriment of households and the community,” Hammond said.

“This type of offending causes significant harm and I’m sure there would have been substantial costs in clearing this volume of waste.

My hope is to deter this type of offending by imposing this custodial sentence.”

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Smith defended himself in court, pleading not guilty to the four counts of fly-tipping, claiming the acts had been carried out by someone else with identical trucks using duplicates of his license plates.

Councillor Stuart Collins described Smith as a “notorious fly-tipper who has repeatedly flouted the law and dumped rubbish and building waste” all over Croydon.

“I hope this jail sentence serves as a warning to him and to other would-be enviro-criminals that we will simply not tolerate this behaviour and will not hesitate to exercise our powers to ensure they are brought to justice in court.”

(C) Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017

References

  1. ^ Croydon Council (news.croydon.gov.uk)

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