By Oliver Hall
A prolific fly-tipper has been jailed for four months after dumping hundreds of thousands of tyres across London causing shocking fire and pollution hazards.
Malcolm Regan, 44, masterminded the operation and even piled tyres against the back door of Stratford magistrates court when he was being prosecuted.
Regan, from Mile End, led a gang ditching a heap of black rubber on Channel Tunnel property near King’s Cross and tried to pass it off as a legitimate tyre-fitting venue, according to a report in the London Evening Standard.
He also emptied damaging litter on the Olympic site and used tyres to block the back door entrance to Stratford magistrates’ court preventing district judges and JPs from getting inside.
Regan’s activities have been linked to at least two factory fires where tyres were stockpiled. He also fly-tipped in Pudding Mill River in Stratford and Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Islington.
Regan was handed a 10-year Asbo last year, and banned from transporting controlled waste anywhere in England and Wales until 2020.
Judge David Martineau jailed Regan and gave suspended sentences to Michael Briggs, 29, and Anthony Gustave, 32, after they each admitted two counts of depositing controlled waste at Blackfriars crown court.
Prosecutor James Trumble said clearing up after Regan had cost more than £1 million.