Man imprisoned for illegal waste operation

Colin Barnes of Podmore Lane, Scarning, Norfolk pleaded guilty in November 2021 to storing end of life vehicles (ELVs) and parts without a permit at his site. Barnes received a suspended sentence of 16 weeks for those offences, on the condition he did not reoffend. A Remediation Order was also given which stated that he must clear the waste from his premises by mid-January 2022 or he would be jailed immediately.

After the expiry of the Remediation Order in January 2022, Environment Agency (‘EA’) officers visited the premises and discovered he had failed to clear the site. There were more ELVs and various car components including gearboxes, suspension units and tyres stored at the premises.

The court heard how there were 18 visits by EA officers between November 2019 and July 2022  and efforts were made to work with Mr Barnes.

The EA prosecutor then applied to the court for a Criminal Behaviour Order (‘CBO’).

The District Judge granted the order and outlined the below prohibitions and conditions under the Order for Barnes to comply with. In line with the CBO, he must:

  • not hold a Waste Carrier Licence
  • surrender his waste carrier licence to the EA to the EA’s office within 7 working days of the date of the Order
  • not apply for another Waste Carrier Licence
  • not register or cause to be registered, with the EA, any waste exemption and
  • not be involved with the operation of any business, in his own name or otherwise, under any waste exemption that has been registered with the Environment Agency

This order remains in force for a period of 5 years.

On 15 July 2022 he was given a 6-month jail sentence at Norwich Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £5,000 costs.