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No jail for fly-tippers caught when farmers blockaded their vans

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May 15, 2024

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.

Some of the rubbish dumped by the pair

Some of the rubbish dumped by the pair – Warwickshire Police

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

He was given a community order, with a 12-month 80-hour unpaid work requirement, and 10 days of rehabilitation activities.

He was ordered to pay £200 compensation, a £114 victims’ surcharge and £85 costs.

A police investigation linked the two Romanians to four fly-tipping offences in nearby Solihull and Meriden between June 23 last year and Feb 7.

Sgt Matt Simms, of the Rural Crime Team, said “Dropping waste at the side of the road ruins our beautiful countryside and wastes precious resources from our local councils that could be better invested elsewhere to clean it up.

“It also stops businesses like farms from being able to operate while the owners deal with the mess, often leaving them out of pocket as well.

“We are very happy that the [Operational Patrol Unit] were quick to assist landowners and able to catch them in the act on this occasion, and we share in the satisfaction that Bancunlea and Bivolaru were made to clean up at least one of their messes.”

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