Episode 12 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels


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Episode 12

Series investigating Britain's waste dumpers. A look at the amazing investigation that finally convicted Britain's most serious environmental criminal ever.


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A never-ending war is being waged across Britain

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to clean up our towns and countryside...

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I find it bad cos it's giving my home town a bad reputation.

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Oh, it's horrible. It's horrible.

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We should be proud of the area we live in.

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..from the tons of cigarette butts, dogs' mess and household rubbish,

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to mountains of tyres and skip-loads of builders' waste.

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Littering and waste is something we're finding is increasing year on year.

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Seagulls come down, rip open the bags, and they're scattered everywhere.

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We're on the front line of the clear-up and the fight-back

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with the dedicated teams tracking down the rogues

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and putting the Great back into Britain.

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It may harm your defence if you fail to mention, when questioned,

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something which you later rely on in court.

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On today's programme, our filth-fighter meets a kindred spirit

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equally up in arms out on rubbish patrol.

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You get people just putting their household rubbish down here.

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You get fly-tipping down here. But you can see, it's not looking great.

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And the incredible chain of evidence that proves this van

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had dumped this rubbish. Busted!

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The road was completely blocked by the material that fell off.

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We do know that the last vehicle to come up the hill

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was the vehicle that dumped the rubbish.

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Welcome to the world of Filthy Rotten Scoundrels.

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Now, ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding

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to meet Mr Hugh O'Donnell. This citizen wins the dubious honour

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of being crowned Britain's most serious environmental criminal.

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A man has been jailed for four years for dumping waste

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and for money laundering, in the biggest case ever brought

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by the Environment Agency. Thousands of tons of building waste

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was dumped at illegal sites, including one near Reading

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the size of five football pitches.

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In June this year, the royally rotten scoundrel

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landed himself the longest-ever prison sentence

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for a waste-related crime. O'Donnell had netted a huge amount of money

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by charging people to tip tons of construction waste

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at his unauthorised landfill site in Berkshire.

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Shame on you, Mr O'Donnell, and your ill-gotten gains!

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This particular case did not just involve waste crime.

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It involved an awful lot of money, over £5 million.

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It also involved stolen vehicles, a loaded firearm,

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and it has taken a team of people several years

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to get to the bottom of this.

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We noticed this big ugly fence going up

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that you couldn't see through.

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We were aware that things were going on in there,

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because we could see smoke from fires billowing out every night.

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He turned this site into the equivalent of a World War I war zone.

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O'Donnell, along with two associates,

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Robert Evans and Peter Lavelle, were responsible for setting up

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a vast illegal waste-processing operation.

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To have something as big as this on our doorstep

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was quite an amazing thing to find out.

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We actually gathered 9,000 pieces of evidence.

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We also took over 250 witness statements.

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This is the story of the UK's filthiest, rottenest scoundrel.

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Sally Coble is a senior manager with the Environment Agency.

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That's the government body which tracks down those responsible

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for the country's most serious environmental crimes.

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Her team has been on O'Donnell's case for years.

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He first started out as a licensed waste contractor,

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but he soon fell foul of the law.

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Here at this now-abandoned site at Theale in Berkshire,

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Sally's team first discovered vital clues

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about what O'Donnell had been getting up to in 2002 and 2003.

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When this site was in operation,

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he was bringing skip-loads of waste in here,

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sorting it, and some of it was sent away for recycling.

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Other parts were left on the site here.

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O'Donnell originally had the necessary permissions

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to sort waste here, but it shouldn't have remained on site.

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We had many reports of waste that shouldn't have been brought here

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being brought here and being burnt on site

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rather than recycled or sent away for landfill.

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It quickly became clear to Sally's team

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that they were dealing with a man who had a burning ambition

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when it came to waste. If he set fire to the lot,

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he wouldn't have to pay anyone to dispose of it properly -

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more money in his pocket, and a way of undercutting his rivals.

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To dispose of it in a legitimate manner would cost money,

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and so he was able to supply people with skips

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at a much cheaper price than the other operators in the area.

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Which in turn meant more and more rubbish coming his way.

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O'Donnell's penchant for pyromania,

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burning everything from building materials to plastic,

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didn't help the locals. They had to breathe their way

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through the scoundrel's smoke and soot.

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But what O'Donnell did next must have taken their breath away.

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We'd heard on the grapevine that he was having an event

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for Bonfire Night,

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and lo and behold, the night before Bonfire Night,

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there was this enormous bonfire here.

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And when Sally says "enormous", she really means it.

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The flames were so high, and the smoke from it drifted across

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over towards the M4 that's in that direction.

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Unbelievably, the police were forced to close the motorway,

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which was a mile away from O'Donnell's so-called bonfire.

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His actions were starting to have serious consequences for a lot of people.

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And then the Environment Agency discovered something a bit fishy

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about the lorries coming and going from the site.

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Take a close look at this number plate.

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OK. Let's continue our journey, and here's another of his lorries.

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And, hello! It's got exactly the same registration plate.

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Using false plates seemed to be just another weapon

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in O'Donnell's expanding and dodgy arsenal.

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And it became clear to the investigators

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that this case was much more sinister

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than just your average shady waste collector.

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In 2004, O'Donnell was fined £10,000 for burning rubbish

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and abusing his waste-management licence.

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It was then revoked. Now, you'd think that would be enough

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to stop the man. But oh, no. He just carried on regardless.

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The next year he got a whopping £36,000 fine

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for his failure to stop operating.

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That's a fair old whack in anyone's game,

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but it still wasn't enough to stop O'Donnell,

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so he was banged up, sentenced to six months in prison.

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But it didn't take a hair off him.

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He was not going to take any notice of us.

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He was going to flout the regulations wherever he could,

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because he knew he could make an awful lot of money out of it.

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Later in the programme, find out how O'Donnell went from bad to worse...

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All the time that he was in prison, he was planning

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where he would operate in the future.

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..how his illegal burning struck fear into local residents...

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We thought, "What's on fire? How big is it going to get?"

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..and how he secretly acquired a new piece of land

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where he caused utter devastation.

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To some, a job title with the word "enforcement" in it

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sounds like a harsh and bureaucratic busybody rushing around

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slapping fines on the unfortunate and undeserving

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and saying, "It's more than my job's worth."

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But you'd be wrong, and here in Lewisham in South London,

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there's someone who's the perfect example

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of everything that's positive about a little judicious arm-twisting -

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Peter Adams, head of fly-tipping enforcement.

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It's a constant battle. It's a war.

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It's a war to stop this fly-tipping happening.

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I love that. I love the excitement.

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I love getting out and dealing with these problems.

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That's why I love doing this job.

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Now, there's a man with passion. And he's also a man with courage,

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because this is what he's up against.

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And the locals are fed up.

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These sort of problems, fly-tipping and rubbish,

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it brings down the whole sort of sense of pride in the area.

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There's bins all along here, and they just drop their litter. They can't be bothered.

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It disgusts me that people get away with dumping their rubbish,

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whereas normal people have to pay for it

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or take it to the correct places.

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Case one today - a back alley

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where people are just dumping anything and everything.

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And here's a lady who's as passionate as Peter

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about keeping the place clean and tidy.

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You get people just putting their household rubbish down here,

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you get fly-tipping down here...

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At the moment, actually, saying, it's not too bad.

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-It's not good, though, is it?

-It's not looking great.

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And you're right there. It's looking rubbish.

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We used to have a lot more bins as well,

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cos where I live, we don't have our own wheelie bins,

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because obviously they get stolen.

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Come again? Free wheelie bins stolen?

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That's extraordinary.

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We'll have a look. I'll send a team to see what bins should be here.

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On a daily basis, we have people coming along

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from all over the estate, and they put their household rubbish here.

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They just fly-tip here, and we have a bad problem with the foxes.

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At the moment there's not been any rodents,

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but it will happen, especially in the summer,

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because it really smells, as well.

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Urgh! Rancid, rotting food? Just what you don't want.

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But there's a problem. The alleyway is private land,

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so the council doesn't collect the rubbish from here.

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I've come out many a time and said to the actual dustbin-lorry man,

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"Oh, look, we've got lots of rubbish there,"

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-and he says, "They're not our bins."

-No, they're not.

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So they can't...

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They're only protecting tax-payer and council-tax-payers' money.

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-They can't do other people's freebies for them, really.

-No.

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-It costs an awful lot of money now to get rid of rubbish.

-Yeah.

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But Peter's not the kind of man to give up and walk away - oh, no.

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He's a solution man, a clean-up man, a case-closed kind of man -

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just the sort of man we all love.

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There's an awful lot of businesses down here.

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-They might have the red bags.

-These business, and that one bin.

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There's a bit of work to do here, I think, for myself,

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so I'll be making further visits until we can sort that out.

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-OK. That's fantastic.

-Thank you very much.

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-Have a nice day.

-Thank you.

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Ah, Peter, you're definitely making friends out on the beat.

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I do get angry, because when I've seen people dumping rubbish,

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I say to them, "Have you not got a wheelie bin of your own?"

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At the end of the day, we've got to live here,

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and the smell and everything, it gets really disgusting,

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and it doesn't make you feel good. The other residents aren't happy about it either.

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To make life better for the local residents,

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Peter's determined to crack down on the businesses

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who are skimping on rubbish collection.

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There seems to not be very many trade waste bins in the area.

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Effectively, if they're not paying for a trade waste bin,

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and they dump it in the rear alley behind their shop,

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that is fly-tipping.

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If these businesses don't have trade-waste arrangements

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or can't prove to me that they have, I'll serve some notices on them.

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If they then fail to respond to me

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with how they've got rid of their trade waste

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over the last year, I can then offer them a fixed-penalty notice

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or I can take them to court.

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Fighting talk, Peter! And he's not a man afraid to carry out a threat.

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We'll be back on the beat with him later,

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when he turns into a one-man evidence-gathering machine.

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It's not a local address. A receipt from one of the large companies.

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Another little piece there. A bit of a bank statement here.

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I've got somebody's business card.

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Remember Hugh O'Donnell? This scoundrel had set himself up

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as a trash tycoon in Berkshire,

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running a large waste-management site

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where he illegally burned rubbish.

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He was fined a total of £46,000 for his bad behaviour,

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and had his waste-management licence revoked,

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but he kept on burning anyway,

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and was eventually sentenced to six months in prison.

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He was not going to take any notice of us.

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He was going to flout the regulations wherever he could,

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because he knew he could make an awful lot of money out of it.

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By 2007, this king of the rubbish rogues

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was out of prison and as dangerous as ever.

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Whilst Mr O'Donnell was in prison,

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he was making arrangements for what was going to happen

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in the future. This was a person that was calculating,

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and had planned how he was going to deceive us.

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The Environment Agency had no idea that, rather than going legit,

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O'Donnell had already bought a new 12-acre site

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for £140,000,

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using an obscure Panamanian company called IMF.

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This land was just six miles from his original operation

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on the edge of the historic village of Aldermaston.

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Jean Chapman's garden is right next door to the site.

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We used to have a lovely walk over the back, through the woods.

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It was an old gravel workings, but it was all left to go natural,

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and there was lots of wild plants and flowers.

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All quite pleasant, really.

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O'Donnell's IMF site contained a beautiful wetland area

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and large patches of woods and grassland.

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So, why did he choose this place?

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He doesn't strike me as your typical nature-lover.

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Clive Verr, who works on a nearby industrial estate,

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has his own theory.

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The selection of the site was very clever

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because it's not visible from the road.

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Nobody really realised what was going on,

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because it was invisible from the local community.

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But for some reason, O'Donnell wanted even more privacy.

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We noticed this big ugly fence going up

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that you couldn't see through, and it just got bigger and bigger.

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This fence seemed to go further and further round.

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It was quite a fence - in fact, over eight feet high.

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It completely surrounded the 12-acre site.

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Anyone would think that O'Donnell was a man with something to hide.

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'He also put up signage to intimidate anybody

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'who was going to enter, including the Environment Agency staff.'

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Charming, I must say!

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We were very concerned about what was going on. On bank holidays,

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we'd see vast amounts of lorry traffic going in and out,

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so we knew that stuff was being dumped in there.

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But the big mystery was what all this stuff actually was.

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Lorries would arrive loaded with skips

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full of what looked like waste from construction sites,

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and they all left completely empty.

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And remember, O'Donnell didn't have any kind of environmental permit

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to dispose of waste here or anywhere else.

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Nobody knew what was going into the ground.

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It was like a reverse landfill, almost.

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It's a nice flat area, and it was being built up,

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and nobody seemed to be able to stop it.

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And things were about to get a whole lot worse.

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Wherever O'Donnell was concerned,

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there was never any smoke without fire.

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A couple of times we actually could see the bonfires -

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they were quite big - that were burning.

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You could see the smoke. We could actually see the red glow as well.

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A red glow? Sounds like an alien invasion.

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In reality it was just O'Donnell up to his old tricks again.

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To save himself a bit of cash disposing of waste legitimately,

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he was blatantly flouting the law and torching vast quantities of rubbish.

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We didn't feel very safe when we saw an orange glow down there.

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We thought, "What's on fire? How big is it going to get?"

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And you don't know how far these things are going to spread

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and how quickly, so it's not very pleasant

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to see something like that. It can be quite frightening.

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I'm not surprised. Can you imagine living next door to all of this?

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"Neighbour from hell" doesn't quite cover it.

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The time had come for the locals to channel their inner Miss Marples

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and find out what on Earth was going on.

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But just how were they going to get to see over those fences?

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My husband's fortunate to have a friend with a small plane,

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so my husband and his friend went up in it,

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and took photographs from the air of the site.

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Suddenly they had a clear view of what was going on,

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and they couldn't believe their eyes. What a state!

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O'Donnell had really gone to town,

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dumping tons and tons of all kinds of rubbish.

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For want of a better word, I was gobsmacked.

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I had no idea that it was quite as vast as it was,

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and it was just a mess, one big mess.

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And closer inspection gave our very own detective

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and idea of the kinds of waste this scoundrel was collecting

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at the site.

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There was what looked like asbestos, old paint cans, oil drums...

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..bottles, jars, pans, paper, card - you name it,

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it seemed to be there.

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Enough was enough. Sally Coble and her team

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had to put a final stop to O'Donnell once and for all.

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There was only one thing for it - an undercover operation.

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They set up surveillance cameras,

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but even these experienced investigators

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couldn't believe the evidence.

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The surveillance footage that we shot

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shows that there were not only skips being brought in,

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there were 20-ton lorries depositing their loads

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of what looked like soil and construction waste.

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O'Donnell's filthy rubbish tip would be a scandal anywhere,

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but unbelievably, he'd sited it right next door to a country park.

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David Shirt is chairman of Aldermaston Parish Council.

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We do our best to encourage wildlife in the park.

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If you look up there you can see bat boxes.

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We've got them dotted throughout the woodland area.

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We're really lucky to have such a tremendous recreation facility

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within the parish - English nature at its finest.

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It really is. But O'Donnell was filling the land right next door

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with all kinds of dangerous materials,

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and what's particularly scandalous is that waste water from the site

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was draining right into the streams and lakes

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that are vital to the park's ecosystem,

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home to some of England's rarest species of dragonfly.

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One of the key things about this site is its diversity.

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We not only have the lakes, but we also have the ancient woodland

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across there.

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As concerns about O'Donnell's site grew,

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the Environment Agency took a leaf out of Jean's book

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and decided to track what was going on from the air.

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And what their photos reveal is absolutely shocking.

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I've got some pictures of the site here,

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showing what it looked like in 2006.

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You can see that there was a lot of trees in the middle,

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and a wetland area.

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This is where they were tipping out waste,

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and sorting it and burning it.

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This is where he's sorting out construction materials.

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If we move from November 2006 to a year later,

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November 2007, you can see that quite a lot of the trees are gone

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from this area, and the wetland area has been completely filled in.

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We then move on to 2009,

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and you may think this isn't the same site.

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It's been landfilled to two, three, four metres

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across the whole site. No trees, no wetland remains.

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It's carnage on an environmental level.

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This is unbelievable. In just three years,

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O'Donnell had totally devastated 12 acres of English countryside,

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turning it into a filthy wasteland.

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Coming up, discover how Sally's team raided the site,

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uncovered the staggering scale of his deception,

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and finally brought the biggest weasel of waste to justice.

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Let's escape the grime of O'Donnell scrapyard

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and take a stroll down Watery Lane on the outskirts of Preston.

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Ah, smell that fresh air! Hear the birds in the trees!

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Look at that beautiful...

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junk. Typical!

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A quiet country lane with no passing traffic,

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and someone comes along to destroy the neighbourhood.

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The fact that people come and dump stuff up round here, it annoys me,

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because it's a nice area, and there's kids about,

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and they get messed in with the rubbish - dog muck, barbed wire,

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glass, asbestos, carpets, everything. It's just ridiculous.

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There is a lot of mess, and it puts people off.

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They don't want to come down. When you get down here, it's lovely.

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It's easier to dump it, not pay for it and have to get certificates

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for the skips, and it's just easier to come down

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and drop it in the middle of the night and drive away.

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But we get left with it all.

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Back in the early hours of a spring morning in April,

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the locals got left with quite a lot.

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Local waste-enforcement officer Paul Cookson

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was yet again called out to witness...

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-A trail of destruction.

-Thank you, Paul.

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The material is strewn along quite a long distance,

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about 20, 30 yards, so it's not been dumped in one lot.

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It's been dumped off a moving vehicle by the looks of things,

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and it consisted of what we might call refurbishment material,

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that some house had been under repair or decoration, refurbishment,

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and it's painfully clear that the road is completely blocked.

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Impossible for any vehicle to get past that.

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It was a staggering amount of rubbish,

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dropped at speed, using a classic manoeuvre.

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I call it the fly-tipper's flip. Tip up the back of your truck

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and put your foot down.

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Now, we know that he did it in one fluid motion.

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It wasn't as if he stopped and dumped it off.

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It was spread along probably about 20 to 30 yards, metres,

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of this road, starting off quite thin,

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but then as it came along,

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it then started to slip more and more and more,

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so the suggestion is that he's lifted his tailgate up

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and allowed more and more of it to slide off.

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Now, this rascal thought he was being clever.

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He thought that he'd never get caught on this remote road,

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-but he was acting out of...

-Sheer, utter laziness.

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And he stood no chance against this most cunning,

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most forensic, most relentless of investigators on his case.

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Oh - or the eye witness.

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On the morning of this incident,

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he'd actually seen a vehicle coming along the road,

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and he was suspicious of why they would be in this area

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at that time, loaded with waste.

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He let the vehicle drive up the hill, and then went to have a look,

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and lo and behold, he found the road was completely blocked with material.

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That's all it takes - a reliable witness.

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Oh, and a bit of CCTV camera magic.

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Sorry, but could this fly-tipper have picked a worse road

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for his dirty deed? It's turning into a bit of a farce.

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Fortunately for us, the local housing estate

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is rife with CCTV cameras, and one camera in particular

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is situated right at the exit of this road,

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so we were able to go to the CCTV company

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and ask them to view the footage,

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and, fortunate for us,

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at exactly the right time that we were given,

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the vehicle is seen coming out of the road.

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Gotcha!

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So the witness at the bottom described a blue Ford Transit,

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heavily laded with building waste.

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The chap does come out onto a main road,

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through a housing estate, with the tailgate down,

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and he's still dropping rubbish as he drives along.

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Hang on, Paul. How can you be sure that this van dropped that rubbish?

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The road was completely blocked by the material that fell off,

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so we do know that the last vehicle to come up the hill

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was the vehicle that dumped the rubbish.

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That's it! Your witness.

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But Paul's forensic mind hasn't finished its great machinations yet.

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Hold on, Your Honour. There's one more moment of brilliance

0:25:280:25:31

still to come.

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Curiously enough, on me viewing that footage,

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it became apparent to me very quickly that I already knew this vehicle.

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This van had got stuck in the mud on a housing estate.

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Paul had been called out, and Paul being Paul,

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he'd taken some photos - you know, just for the record.

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I already knew of this vehicle

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as being used by a registered waste carrier.

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That means he had a name and address.

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This fly-tipper is about to be swatted.

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Paul hauled him in for an interview,

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charged him with one count of fly-tipping,

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and before long, he was up in court.

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He appeared at Preston Magistrates Court initially.

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They took a dim view of the incident,

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and the matter was referred to the Crown Court.

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A dim view indeed.

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Only the most serious offences are referred up to the Crown Court

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for sentencing. He was given three months' imprisonment,

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suspended for two years, and he was ordered to pay £240

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towards the council's clean-up costs.

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This fly-tipper was finished.

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The result of him being prosecuted, obviously,

0:26:380:26:41

I think he's learnt his lesson. He's lost his business,

0:26:410:26:44

he's on a suspended sentence,

0:26:440:26:47

and seriously affected his lifestyle,

0:26:470:26:50

all because he decided he'd dump half his load in a country lane.

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Tragic - a career destroyed because of...

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-One stupid moment in his life.

-Well put, Paul.

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We're back on patrol with the lovely Peter Adams

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in Lewisham in South London. He's an enforcement officer

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who pounds the pavements persuading litter louts and rubbish rogues

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to clean up their act. And he's got his work cut out for him!

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Case two today, private land...

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..that's been used by any old Tom, Dick or Harry

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as a free rubbish dump,

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leaving the innocent landowner responsible for clearing it all up.

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We've tried to work with the landowner

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to get them to remove the problem from their land.

0:27:430:27:47

It's quite considerable for the owner. We do sympathise.

0:27:470:27:50

But we have to take action. This is quite a horrible sight

0:27:500:27:54

for people living round here. It's a detriment to the amenity.

0:27:540:27:57

It may cause rats and other similar problems to that,

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which is not acceptable in modern England.

0:28:020:28:04

Quite right, Peter. This is hardly the kind of shoddy mess

0:28:040:28:08

we expect in this day and age.

0:28:080:28:10

Peter's been working to get this cleared up for a while.

0:28:100:28:13

The council's put signs up warning off fly-tippers,

0:28:130:28:16

and to give the landowner his due,

0:28:160:28:18

he's tried his best to make the site inaccessible.

0:28:180:28:21

Sadly, according to the law, it's still his problem.

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We've progressed this matter with a formal notice on the landowner

0:28:250:28:29

to clear the land. They haven't complied, unfortunately, with that,

0:28:290:28:33

so we've had to take the matter to court,

0:28:330:28:35

and the landowner's been found guilty of not clearing the land.

0:28:350:28:38

The next stage is, unfortunately, the council will have to remove

0:28:380:28:43

this rubbish on this land themselves, and then re-charge the landowner.

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An estimate is around £3,000.

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£3,000 to clear up after the tippers!

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Case three - a report of a problem on a residential road.

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Somebody's put some rubbish out onto the street,

0:29:030:29:06

which is fly-tipping.

0:29:060:29:08

It's unsightly, but it's hardly the crime of the century.

0:29:080:29:11

But Peter's no jobsworth. He's an understanding man,

0:29:110:29:14

and he does the decent thing.

0:29:140:29:16

We've got a recycling bin. All this is recyclable,

0:29:160:29:20

the whole lot. So it'll be very easy.

0:29:200:29:23

I'll just put it back in the recycling bin.

0:29:230:29:26

At least there's one problem sorted.

0:29:260:29:27

You see? I told you Peter's a man with a heart of gold.

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Case three closed.

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I've just spotted something quite nasty in here on the pavement.

0:29:330:29:37

It's actually a cigarette lighter, but it's actually a knife as well,

0:29:370:29:42

an object which is obviously not appropriate to be left on the street.

0:29:420:29:47

Could be used for something a bit nastier later.

0:29:470:29:50

So I'm going to take that back to the office

0:29:500:29:52

and have it disposed of properly in a sharps box.

0:29:520:29:55

Hang on. I didn't even have time to open that case before you closed it.

0:29:550:29:59

So, case four - potentially saving a child

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from becoming another dreadful statistic.

0:30:020:30:04

I hope somebody feels ashamed that they've left that on the street,

0:30:060:30:10

for children, probably, to get hold of.

0:30:100:30:13

But I've removed it from the street.

0:30:130:30:16

That's made my day, just that one little thing.

0:30:160:30:19

So...it continues on.

0:30:190:30:23

He's great, isn't he? Really dedicated to his job,

0:30:230:30:26

and to making Lewisham a better place to live for everyone.

0:30:260:30:30

Right! Case number five.

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What we have here is a nasty little bit of fly-tipping,

0:30:330:30:37

very opportunistic. We've got some garages here,

0:30:370:30:40

so it's an open forecourt,

0:30:400:30:42

and people have just fly-tipped. We've got all sorts here.

0:30:420:30:46

We've got garden waste, we've got faecal matter there...

0:30:460:30:50

Urgh! Oh, don't kick it, Peter!

0:30:500:30:53

Maybe a wild animal.

0:30:530:30:55

Um, some building materials that have been just dumped here,

0:30:550:31:00

including boxes, for kitchen units perhaps,

0:31:000:31:03

some tiling...

0:31:030:31:06

some packaging from various companies...

0:31:060:31:09

Unfortunately the local residents are now stuck with this problem,

0:31:100:31:14

because, er... because it's right opposite them.

0:31:140:31:19

This might look like a load of old rubbish to me and you,

0:31:190:31:23

but to Peter, this is a mass of evidence.

0:31:230:31:25

Just watch him go.

0:31:250:31:27

Not a local address. We've got a phone number on there, even.

0:31:270:31:31

A receipt from one of the large companies.

0:31:310:31:33

Another little piece there. A bit of a bank statement here.

0:31:330:31:37

I've got somebody's business card, a few more names and addresses here.

0:31:370:31:41

Bank account details on there, unfortunately. A local address.

0:31:410:31:44

Some more bank statements.

0:31:440:31:46

Haven't people heard about identity theft or shredders?

0:31:460:31:49

And then a telephone number, so I can ring you directly.

0:31:490:31:52

I'll bag this up

0:31:520:31:55

and put it for use as evidence.

0:31:550:31:59

Well, there sure is enough of it. That was pretty impressive work.

0:31:590:32:02

People don't seem to care at the moment,

0:32:020:32:05

regarding the dumping of rubbish.

0:32:050:32:08

It's part of our job to enforce that, to push that across to them,

0:32:080:32:12

advise them, educate them,

0:32:120:32:14

enforce via the courts if we need to.

0:32:140:32:18

You tell 'em, Peter! Right, what are we up to now?

0:32:180:32:22

Case number six. It's the old "back alley behind some shops" problem,

0:32:220:32:26

but this time it's the people who work there who are hopping mad.

0:32:260:32:30

They're coming and going from the office all the time,

0:32:310:32:34

doing sales and lettings, so sometimes the guys can't get their cars in and out,

0:32:340:32:38

and it just causes problems. It's there when it shouldn't be there,

0:32:380:32:41

-so it's very annoying.

-It's disgusting,

0:32:410:32:44

because we've been told that we have to pay to remove it,

0:32:440:32:47

and we're a charity-run shop.

0:32:470:32:50

I have turned in here on a Monday morning

0:32:500:32:52

and there's been rubbish everywhere down this alleyway,

0:32:520:32:55

and it's just dumped during the weekend,

0:32:550:32:58

and it's just so frustrating. God forbid

0:32:580:33:00

if there was ever any services required,

0:33:000:33:02

ie ambulance, fire services - they can't get down here.

0:33:020:33:06

Peter to the rescue. Go on, get stuck in!

0:33:060:33:10

This is all refuse,

0:33:130:33:16

betting slips and newspapers and cigarettes.

0:33:160:33:19

This is an opportunistic fly-tipper.

0:33:190:33:21

He's dumped sofas, chairs, wood, drawers,

0:33:210:33:24

clothing, bottles, paper, glass...

0:33:240:33:27

Every conceivable horrible thing has been dumped here

0:33:270:33:30

by this fly-tipper.

0:33:300:33:32

For this case, Peter had to don his deerstalker

0:33:320:33:35

and become detective. It turns out it wasn't the shops

0:33:350:33:39

or the council who were responsible for this lane,

0:33:390:33:42

but a housing association. They hadn't dumped the rubbish,

0:33:420:33:45

but unfortunately it was their responsibility to clean up.

0:33:450:33:49

One call from Peter, and as quick as a flash, the rubbish was gone.

0:33:490:33:53

Result all around.

0:33:530:33:55

We will pursue these people. It's in the public interest.

0:33:550:33:59

The public are paying for a team to be in the council

0:33:590:34:03

enforcing the removal of rubbish where it's been fly-tipped

0:34:030:34:06

by irresponsible and antisocial people,

0:34:060:34:09

and it's in everybody's interest that we all act together

0:34:090:34:13

and tackle this head-on.

0:34:130:34:17

Peter, what would we do without you?

0:34:170:34:21

Now, time to find out what happened to that king weasel

0:34:210:34:25

of waste management, Hugh O'Donnell.

0:34:250:34:27

This scoundrel has succeeded in turning a 12-acre site

0:34:270:34:32

of beautiful Berkshire countryside into a vast, desolate wasteland.

0:34:320:34:36

He'd made millions from an illegal landfill site,

0:34:360:34:40

and caused havoc with his habit of setting fire to any waste

0:34:400:34:43

he couldn't bury.

0:34:430:34:46

We thought, "What's on fire? How big is it going to get,

0:34:460:34:50

and where is it?", basically.

0:34:500:34:54

Nobody really realised what was going on,

0:34:540:34:56

because it was invisible from the local community.

0:34:560:34:59

But O'Donnell's archenemy, Sally Coble,

0:34:590:35:02

and her team from the Environment Agency were on his case.

0:35:020:35:06

During the course of this investigation,

0:35:060:35:09

we've had a number of officers working on this case full-time.

0:35:090:35:13

I mean, it was considered the biggest illegal waste site

0:35:130:35:19

in the Southeast, so we threw a lot of resources at it.

0:35:190:35:24

It was time for Sally and her team

0:35:240:35:26

to finally bring this most filthy rotten scoundrel to justice.

0:35:260:35:31

But first they needed to gather evidence.

0:35:310:35:34

So in 2007, they got a warrant to raid O'Donnell's site

0:35:340:35:38

with the police.

0:35:380:35:40

"I'm happy that is a strike, strike, strike."

0:35:400:35:43

"2-1, can you please move in?"

0:35:430:35:45

So, what did they find? Well, prepare yourself for evidence

0:35:490:35:52

of some truly disgusting behaviour.

0:35:520:35:56

He had been sorting out material

0:35:560:35:59

so that he could reclaim what was worth any money,

0:35:590:36:01

but any of this kind of material that's just from general skip waste,

0:36:010:36:05

he's set fire to. The piles were huge.

0:36:050:36:09

There was still some water on the site,

0:36:090:36:11

and that had got contaminated from the waste being tipped into it,

0:36:110:36:15

so any wildlife that was living in those ponds was long dead.

0:36:150:36:20

Most waste had come from the skip businesses.

0:36:200:36:24

There were large piles of ash where that material had been burnt.

0:36:240:36:31

We found that there was some asbestos.

0:36:310:36:33

Asbestos? Is there no depth of dodginess this man won't sink to?

0:36:330:36:38

But this toxic material wasn't the only hazard Sally's team discovered.

0:36:380:36:43

The Environment Agency found that 65,000 cubic metres of waste

0:36:430:36:48

had been dumped there, raising the ground level

0:36:480:36:51

by almost four metres in places.

0:36:510:36:53

This had potentially deadly implications.

0:36:530:36:55

There was electricity lines going across the site,

0:36:550:37:00

and the landfill had come within four feet

0:37:000:37:03

of an 11,000-volt transformer box,

0:37:030:37:07

so somebody could have been electrocuted.

0:37:070:37:10

These boxes are deliberately located too high off the ground

0:37:100:37:13

to pose a danger to anyone below, but if you raise the ground level

0:37:130:37:17

by four metres, what do you expect?

0:37:170:37:19

The raid didn't just provide vital evidence

0:37:190:37:22

of what O'Donnell had done to the site.

0:37:220:37:25

The team also uncovered crucial paperwork

0:37:250:37:27

which meant they could piece together a tricky jigsaw puzzle

0:37:270:37:30

of how the scoundrel had been operating

0:37:300:37:33

and how he attempted to cover his tracks.

0:37:330:37:35

It was gobsmacking.

0:37:350:37:37

The way Mr O'Donnell operated

0:37:370:37:39

was to set up a company,

0:37:390:37:43

or get one of his accomplices to set up a company for him,

0:37:430:37:47

and they'd operate under that name

0:37:470:37:49

until they had to file company accounts,

0:37:490:37:52

which they never did, so that company was dissolved.

0:37:520:37:56

Meantime, they set up another company.

0:37:560:37:58

Sally's team worked with the financial investigators

0:37:580:38:01

at the Metropolitan Police. They spent hours constructing charts

0:38:010:38:05

and diagrams. Just look at how many sham companies

0:38:050:38:08

O'Donnell and his accomplices were using!

0:38:080:38:11

So Mr O'Donnell used to try and deceive us

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and put us off the scent, but it all led back to him.

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But O'Donnell wasn't just using fake companies

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to carry out his activities. He was using a fake name too.

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We've also got a cheque book for a company,

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AA Skips Hire.

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This company is associated with the name J Kelly Esquire.

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As you can see here, John Kelly has signed this cheque,

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but on this one we found that Hugh O'Donnell has signed it.

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Time to get forensic, so a handwriting expert was called in.

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When we had the handwriting analysis done,

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we found that John Kelly and Hugh O'Donnell

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were the same person, so we think Mr O'Donnell

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forgot that he was supposed to be John Kelly

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when he was signing some of these cheques,

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and this is fantastic evidence.

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The master of mayhem was starting to make mistakes.

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Because so much of O'Donnell's business was conducted in cash,

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it was hard for the investigators to calculate

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exactly how much profit this king of waste had made.

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But at least £3.8 million was passed between his various dodgy companies

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and bank accounts over a period of five years.

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£3.8 million! Unbelievable.

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Sally's team were then finally able to arrest the man himself,

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and wait till you hear what else was discovered.

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A gun and over £40,000 in cash were found in his home and car.

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So this wasn't just a bit of a dodgy businessman.

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This guy was clearly dangerous,

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and in 2009, O'Donnell got a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence

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for possessing an illegal firearm.

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At last the villain had been stopped.

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But the Environment Agency weren't going to leave it there.

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Oh, no. Their surveyors spent days assessing the materials

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and samples taken from the site.

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At a whopping cost of £30,000 to the taxpayer,

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everything had to be analysed. It was concluded

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that as well as the asbestos cement posing a huge risk,

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the dumped waste had caused worrying leaching into the groundwater

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and produced gases exceeding the safe limits,

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presenting a risk to human health,

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and, because it's costly and dangerous to remove asbestos,

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the damage is now deemed to be permanent.

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What a sad state of affairs!

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Fortunately the site's now closed,

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but unfortunately all the debris, everything, is still there.

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We're very pleased, as a local community,

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that the activity's finished now.

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However, we're left with a 14-acre site

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two metres deep, with all sorts of toxic material in there.

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I think he's a very selfish man. I'd better not go any further than that.

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One man's self-serving and contemptible behaviour

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has left a wake of utter devastation for the local community

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and their environment.

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The good news is that O'Donnell and his two accomplices,

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Peter Lavelle and Robert Evans, both got what they deserved.

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Lavelle got 18 months for the waste crimes and money laundering,

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and Evans got two years for the same offences.

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And O'Donnell was sentenced to a total of eight and a half years

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in prison. On the day he was released for the gun offence,

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he was sentenced to another four years,

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the longest term ever for a waste-related crime.

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He was put straight back behind bars.

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The result was, Hugh O'Donnell got four years

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for the acquisition of criminal property -

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that's the money-laundering charge - and got a concurrent sentence

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of 22 months for the waste offence,

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in effect, a four-year sentence for our investigation.

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That's on top of four and a half years for the pistol that was found

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in the raid that we organised.

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This was one of the biggest cases

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the Environment Agency had ever undertaken,

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and a total of 76 of their staff were involved, including our Sally.

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'It was really, really good to get the conviction.'

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We're not going to stop unless we've prosecuted these people.

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We just knew Mr O'Donnell would not be deterred

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by a short prison sentence, so as a result of our investigations,

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Mr O'Donnell will serve a term of eight and a half years.

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We had got through all the layers of confusion and concealment,

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all the false number plates, all the transfers of ownership,

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all the false accounts, and the companies that were set up

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as a sham. So it is very satisfying,

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both because of the conclusion of the investigation

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and because of the impact on the illegal-waste world.

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So, that's the UK's filthiest, rottenest scoundrel bang to rights.

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What an amazing result!

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From builders' rubble to household waste

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and everything in between, there's a great British army

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of enforcers out there working to keep our country tidy.

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Join us next time,

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when we'll be chasing down more filthy rotten scoundrels.

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A look at the amazing investigation that finally convicted Britain's most serious environmental criminal ever; the chain of evidence that caught a fly-tipper who thought he'd got away with it; and one man's battle to clean up the streets of Lewisham.