Fly-tipper prosecuted after being caught by military helicopter

Fly-tipper is prosecuted for burning mattresses and dumping rubbish after being caught in the sights of passing military helicopter

  • Corey Ross Carr operated a clearance service on Facebook with false claims
  • He was caught on video on November 17 by an MoD helicopter in Wiltshire  
  • Carr has been prosecuted for environmental and trading standard offences  

A prolific fly-tipper has been prosecuted for burning mattresses and dumping rubbish after they were caught in the sights of a passing military helicopter. 

Corey Ross Carr, 27, was operating a waste clearance service on Facebook – claiming he was ‘fully audited by the Environment Agency’.

He was eventually caught on video on November 17 by a Ministry of Defence helicopter – who filmed his illegal activity in Wiltshire.

Carr has been prosecuted by Wiltshire Council for environmental and trading standard offences at Swindon Magistrates Court on June 6.

Corey Ross Carr, 27, was operating a waste clearance service on Facebook – claiming he was ‘fully audited by the Environment Agency’

Carr was given a 12-month Community Order, fined a total of £1,295, including costs, and must attend 12 mental health sessions with 10 rehabilitation sessions

He pleaded guilty to four environmental offences and one Trading Standards offence.

Carr was given a 12-month Community Order, fined a total of £1,295, including costs, and must attend 12 mental health sessions with 10 rehabilitation sessions.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: ‘We have a very clear message – we will not tolerate fly-tipping.

‘We will continue to prosecute anyone who believes that they can flout the rules and blight our communities and environment.

‘We would like to thank the MOD helicopter pilots, the Environment Agency, Wiltshire Police and all the witnesses who assisted in this prosecution.

‘We will now make urgent representations to the Environment Agency to request they revoke Mr Carr waste carriers’ licence.’

On November 17, 2021, Mr Carr was caught depositing controlled waste and operating an unregulated waste facility on land off Woodrow Road, Melksham

He was charged with failing in his duty of care for waste. On December 4, 2020, Mr Carr was found to have fly-tipped a large quantity of household waste on land at Bishops Cannings, Devizes.

This waste was traced by Environmental Enforcement Officers to a householder in Melksham, who were then able to prove Mr Carr had been paid to clear the waste but had failed to lawfully dispose of it.

On November 17, 2021, Mr Carr was caught depositing controlled waste and operating an unregulated waste facility on land off Woodrow Road, Melksham.

On the same day, he was seen disposing of waste in a way likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health – by burning a mattress and other waste.

Between November 19, 2021, and January 14, 2022, Mr Carr falsely adverted, in Dentons directory and on social media, that his business CC Waste Removal & Clearance was ‘fully audited by the Environment Agency’.

The defendant was caught on video on the November 17 incident, also shown in court, by a passing MOD helicopter.

It captured Mr Carr depositing and burning waste, including a mattress, on land that was owned by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust – and was not a permitted waste facility.

Mr Carr’s co-defendant, Neill Ludlow of Woodrow Road, Melksham, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to knowingly permitting the deposited waste on land adjacent to his property.

He had denied allowing Mr Carr to deposit waste and denied any knowledge about Mr Carr burning a mattress.

Mr Ludlow was given an 18-month conditional discharge and awarded costs of £1,200, plus surcharge of £22 to be paid within 28 days.

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