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London's worst flytipper caged

PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:18 05 October 2010

ONE of the country s most prolific fly-tippers - who is responsible for dumping hundreds of thousands of tyres - was jailed for four months yesterday (Monday). Malcolm Regan, 44, of Chariot Close, Bow, led a gang of fly-tippers for more than half a decade

ONE of the country's most prolific fly-tippers - who is responsible for dumping hundreds of thousands of tyres - was jailed for four months yesterday (Monday).

Malcolm Regan, 44, of Chariot Close, Bow, led a gang of fly-tippers for more than half a decade.

He coordinated a sophisticated operation in which huge numbers of tyres were illegally dumped in Tower Hamlets, Newham and the surrounding areas.

The dumping cost more than one million pounds to clean up and caused major fire and pollution hazards.

Tower Hamlets Council's Local Environment Teams worked closely with their counterparts in Newham, Islington and the Environment Agency, to gather evidence on Regan's fly-tipping ring.

Using CCTV they were able to trace vehicles that dumped the tyres back to Regan.

Judge David Martineau jailed Regan and gave his accomplices, Michael Briggs, 29, of Temple Street, Hackney, and Anthony Gustave, 32, of Amhurst Road, Hackney, suspended sentences after they each admitted two counts of depositing controlled waste on 20 May and 21 May, last year.

In addition to their suspended sentences Briggs was ordered to carry out 120 hours' unpaid work and to pay £250 costs and Gustave was told to keep to a four-month curfew between 8pm and 6am.

Regan was given a 10 year ASBO earlier this year banning him from transporting controlled waste, including tyres, anywhere in England and Wales until 2020. If he breaches the ASBO he faces a fine and up to five years in prison.

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