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Fly-tippers caught when farmers blockaded their vans spared jail

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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 00:40:28 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 00:40:28

Pair fined and issued with community orders after rubbish dumped four times between June and February Warwickshire Police A pair of fly-tippers who were caught when farmers blocked in their vans have been spared jail

Pair fined and issued with community orders after rubbish dumped four times between June and February

: Warwickshire Police

A pair of fly-tippers who were caught when farmers blocked in their vans have been spared jail.

Ionut Bancunlea, 33, and Adrian Bivolaru, 34, were ordered to pay more than £2,000 over the four incidents of fly-tipping between June last year and February.

Warwickshire Police arrested the pair after locals used their cars to barricade the criminals’ vans while they tried to unload building waste in a country lane.

Swathes of black bin bags and industrial materials were seen lying at the side of the road, on the edge of the village of Meriden, on Feb 7.

Officers had forced Bancunlea and Bivolaru to load the rubbish back into their vans and later described it as “some of the worst fly-tipping” they had seen.

Criminals convicted of fly-tipping face a maximum fine of £50,000 and up to five years in prison.

Bancunlea, of Smethwick, admitted four charges of depositing waste without a permit at Leamington Spa magistrates’ court on Friday.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and 10 days of rehabilitation activities.

He was also ordered to pay £1,565.84 compensation, a £114 victims’ surcharge and £85 costs.

: Warwickshire Police

Bivolaru, also of Smethwick, admitted two charges of depositing waste without a permit.

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