Dartmoor fly-tipper dodges jail

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

A man who dumped mountains of waste onto the moors has escaped prison ‘by the skin of his teeth’.

Connor Calam, from Plymouth, already had a suspended prison sentence when he was found dumping the waste onto Dartmoor, and has dodged a custodial sentence after this most recent offence.

The court heard how in January 2017 a farmer found a large quantity of rubble and other waste deposited across a track near Pudson Farm, Okehampton.
The waste blocked access to three of his fields. The farmer reported the incident to the Environment Agency and local council and was told he would have to pay for its removal and safe disposal.

Enquiries by the Environment Agency traced the waste back to Plymouth Skip Hire in Stonehouse, operated by Connor Calam, also known as Riley James.

The building waste came from insurance repairs carried out on a property in Plymouth by a local company that paid the defendant £245 to remove the material on the understanding he was a registered waste carrier.

Plymouth Skip Hire ceased trading in April 2017. Zenith Construction Ltd, whose waste was illegally tipped by the defendant, later paid for its removal as a good will gesture to the farmer.

Appearing before Exeter Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday, March 6, Connor Calam, of Seaview Avenue, Lipson, was fined £2,000 for breaching a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £2,500 costs.

He was also made the subject of a 12 month community order, ordered to pay £260 compensation to Zenith Construction Ltd plus an £85 victim surcharge.

His Honour Judge Ralls QC said “Fly-tipping in a beautiful part of the country is a serious matter” and warned the defendant he’d escaped being sent to prison ‘by the skin of his teeth.’

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