A man who dumped hundreds of tyres has narrowly avoided jail – but has been handed a very apt sentence carrying out environmental improvement work!
Michael Gibbons faces weeks of community service after he dodged the police with his tyres-dumping crimes for several years.
A Liverpool Crown Court judge ordered 34-year-old Gibbons to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and warned he had come “perilously close” to being jailed. He was warned that if he breaches the community order he will lose his liberty.
The court heard that tyres were dumped from his vehicle at Spring Bank Industrial Park, Platt Bridge on March 1, 2006 and on three occasions in September that year at Westwood Lane, Ince. On one of the occasions 800 tyres were dropped off.
Gibbons had initially denied the offences and faced a trial, but this was aborted part way through and before a re-trial could be held he changed his pleas. He eventually pleaded guilty to four offences of knowingly causing the deposit of controlled waste.
The court heard that the prosecution costs of the case totalled £10,000 but because of Gibbons’s limited means Judge Robert Warnock ordered him to pay £500 compensation and £700 costs at £100 a month.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team