Moment uncle, 51, and his nephew, 32, are caught on CCTV illegally dumping four van loads of rubbish from a house renovation onto derelict land
- Thomas, 51, and Brian Stokes, 32, were caught on dumping tonnes of rubbish
- CCTV shows the builder and his nephew unload trash onto a former auction site
- Thomas was ordered to do 100 hours community work and pay £500 in costs
- Brain was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and to pay a victim surcharge of £85
An uncle and his nephew have been convicted for dumping several loads of construction waste onto derelict land in north London.
Thomas Stokes, 51, and Brian Stokes, 32, were caught illegally dumping four full loads of rubbish from a black and white tipper truck in 2017.
An image from CCTV shows the pair dumped the waste from house renovations at Stonehill Business Park in Edmonton, north London.
They emptied the materials on to the land twice in just over an hour before driving off.
Thomas Stokes, 51, and Brian Stokes, 32, were caught on CCTV illegally dumping four full loads of construction waste from a tipper truck onto Stonehill Business Park in Edmonton, north London back in 2017 (pictured)
The waste dumped could not be accurately weighed as the fly-tipping site had also been used illegally by others for several months.
The Environment Agency, who are continuing to investigate other waste on the site, said: ‘The operation highlights the fact that there is a really significant issue here.’
Officers seized the Stokes’ van at a pub in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, before crushing it in January 2018 to prevent them from dumping waste again.
Both uncle and nephew appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on June 11.
Thomas was sentenced to four months prison, suspended for a year, and ordered 100 hours unpaid community work and pay £500 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £85. Like his Uncle, Brian was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £85
Thomas Stokes was sentenced to four months in prison which was suspended for a year.
He now has to complete 100 hours unpaid community work and pay £500 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £85.
Brian Stokes was told he would face prison if he visited any illegal waste site within the next ten years or if he offered to take away someone else’s waste within the same time period.
Like his uncle, he was also ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £85.
The convictions came as part of ‘Operation Angola’, a joint effort by the Environment Agency and other agencies to target gangs of criminals who dump waste across the South East.
The waste dumped could not be accurately weighed as the fly-tipping site had also been used illegally by others for several months (pictured). The convictions came as part of ‘Operation Angola’
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: ‘These people have absolutely no interest in protecting the environment.
‘You can see that not just by Stokes and Stokes but from the other waste that was dumped on the site.
‘They undercut legitimate waste disposal companies and they look genuine but they are not.
‘What we would say to members of the public is if someone offers to take their waste away ask them where it is going – that is the simplest thing.’
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