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Second jail term for waste haulier

  • 09 August 2013
  • By Roger Brown

A Waste haulier has been sent to prison for a second time for operating sites without an environmental permit.

In a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA), Banbury Magistrates’ Court sentenced David Ham, 36, of the Old Dairy in Whelford, Gloucestershire, to a total of eight months’ imprisonment.

It also ordered him to pay £9,449 in costs for the waste offences at the Old Dairy and a facility in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

The court was told that EA officers visited the two sites on several occasions in 2012 and this year, and re-served Ham with details of waste removal orders previously served to him by the court.

They advised him more than once that he had not complied with the court orders, and that he was found to be running an illegal waste transfer station at the Whelford facility – a site of special scientific interest.

Ham was previously sentenced to 25 weeks in prison at Oxford Magistrates’ Court in December 2011 for burning waste and running his illegal waste businesses without an environmental permit, from the Old Dairy and the Faringdon Business Park. In February 2010, a dumper truck, a grab lorry and a 360-degree excavator fitted with a grab were spotted at the Old Dairy, after the EA received several reports that waste was being burnt there.

At that time, officers visited the site on several occasions and found large piles of waste including paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, stone, soil and metals. EA investigations revealed that Ham was continuing to operate illegally at both sites.


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