Press Release: 03/02/2017
Mr Ashley Mooney, formerly of Gosport and originally from Liverpool, has been successfully prosecuted by Winchester City Council in relation to two offences contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and two offences contrary to section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
These offences relate to fly-tips discovered at Forest Lane in Wickham, Pigeon House Lane in Southwick, Dean Lane in Bishop’s Waltham and Chidden Lane in Hambledon between April and June 2016.
Mr Mooney pleaded guilty to the offences on the basis that his vehicle was used to deposit the waste.
Mr Mooney also pleaded guilty on the same basis to a number of other similar offences across Hampshire which were prosecuted by Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council.
Mr Mooney appeared before Portsmouth Crown Court on 1 February 2017 and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. He was also made the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order for a period of five years. The Criminal Behaviour Order prohibits Mr Mooney from engaging in the kind of behaviour which led to these prosecutions and covers the whole of Hampshire. Breach of the order is a criminal offence and can lead to a fine or imprisonment or both.
Cllr Lisa Griffiths, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:
This is another fly-tipping prosecution which shows we mean business here in the Winchester district.
I am pleased that the court recognised the seriousness of this case and hope the outcome sends a clear message to others who think they can flout the law: Winchester will not tolerate fly-tipping in its district.
We will, wherever possible, take those we have evidence against through to prosecution. This case proves that cross-authority collaboration is beneficial for all involved and we look forward to working in a similar vein in the future.