Tyre dumper told to pay back just £122

Echo: Small mountain – 29,000 tyres were found in Battlesbridge Small mountain – 29,000 tyres were found in Battlesbridge

A DODGY businessman who netted millions by dumping mountains of tyres across the country has been told to pay back just £122.

Prosecutors launched a proceeds of crime investigation after Carl Steele, 33, was jailed for dumping more than one million tyres in Battlesbridge and four other sites across the UK.

Steele’s environmentally-unfriendly activities set the record for the number of tyres dumped by a single person in the UK.

He blighted land at Mayhill Industrial Estate, Battlesbridge, by dumping 29,000 tyres – more than 189 tonnes – just 20m from the protected River Crouch.

A proceeds of crime hearing at Lincoln Crown Court was told Steele made £2.5million from his crimes. He would have been paid by companies and individuals to remove their tyres and dispose of them safely, but instead he just left them to rot.

But Steele, whose firm FCM Logistics (Tyres) in Lincoln-shire, has now ceased trading, will have to pay back just £122 after the hearing was told the small sum in a bank account was now his only “available asset”.

Wickford resident Peter Steward, from the Crouch Conservation Trust, has spent hundreds of hours fishing flytipped tyres out of the River Crouch.

He said: “Dumping tyres, whether it’s in a river or on land, causes major pollution.

“He’s certainly been illegally dumping an enormous number of tyres, and I’m over the moon the Environment Agency is taking this crime seriously.

“However, it’s absolutely ridiculous they can only get such a small amount of money back. They need to investigate it further to find out where all the money has gone.”

It is thought Steele leased land on the industrial estate in Battlesbridge on the pretence of being a tractor tyre importer. However, once the tyres were stockpiled on the land he simply fled.

The owner of the land will now have to foot the bill to remove the tyres.

Steele also dumped tyres in Norfolk, Yorkshire, Worcester-shire and Lincolnshire. Steele, who lives in Lincolnshire, has already been released on licence from the 15-month prison sentence passed on him in November after he admitted six charges relating to the illegal storage and treatment of waste tyres between 2009 and 2011.

Under law, tyres must be recycled if they can’t be reused.

The Environment Agency says people should be aware of anyone offering to take tyres away for less than 50p each.

The owner of the land, who did not want to be named, said: “There are thousands of tyres – they have been there for about a year now.

“We will be considering whether we will be taking any action in light of what has happened and will be looking at our options.”

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7:21pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Nebs says...

Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.
Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover. Nebs

8:01pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Eric the Red says...

Not to mention all the tyres that get dumped down lanes, in laybys, slung into fields. About time the tyre industry was better regulated.
Not to mention all the tyres that get dumped down lanes, in laybys, slung into fields. About time the tyre industry was better regulated. Eric the Red

8:24pm Wed 11 Apr 12

EstuaryView says...

Nebs wrote:
Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.
Very good idea!
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.[/p][/quote]Very good idea! EstuaryView

8:49pm Wed 11 Apr 12

muffindamule says...

EstuaryView wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.
Very good idea!
Absolutely ! An excellent idea. I see no reason whatsoever why this could or should not be done.
[quote][p][bold]EstuaryView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.[/p][/quote]Very good idea![/p][/quote]Absolutely ! An excellent idea. I see no reason whatsoever why this could or should not be done. muffindamule

8:53pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Brunning999 says...

I am tyred of criminals like this they should be put thro the treadmill.
I am tyred of criminals like this they should be put thro the treadmill. Brunning999

9:34pm Wed 11 Apr 12

resident3 says...

We must tread carefully here and not apply undue pressure.
We must tread carefully here and not apply undue pressure. resident3

10:19pm Wed 11 Apr 12

the church of asbo says...

EstuaryView wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.
Very good idea!
what about a good old fashioned south african necklacing with one or two of his own tyres...?
[quote][p][bold]EstuaryView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.[/p][/quote]Very good idea![/p][/quote]what about a good old fashioned south african necklacing with one or two of his own tyres...? the church of asbo

10:30pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Soouthchurch59 says...

the church of asbo wrote:
EstuaryView wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.
Very good idea!
what about a good old fashioned south african necklacing with one or two of his own tyres...?
'good old' ????!!
[quote][p][bold]the church of asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EstuaryView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Cases like this could be farmed out to investigators who would earn a percentage of any money they recover.[/p][/quote]Very good idea![/p][/quote]what about a good old fashioned south african necklacing with one or two of his own tyres...?[/p][/quote]'good old' ????!! Soouthchurch59

11:33pm Wed 11 Apr 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

will have to pay back just £122 after the hearing was told the small sum in a bank account was now his only “available asset”.
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whilst his wife and children no doubt have millions between them.
will have to pay back just £122 after the hearing was told the small sum in a bank account was now his only “available asset”. . . whilst his wife and children no doubt have millions between them. notinwestcliffanymore

11:45pm Wed 11 Apr 12

4King_Ace says...

I bet those whom have been fined over 'cigs' being dropped are none too happy to learn about this.
I bet those whom have been fined over 'cigs' being dropped are none too happy to learn about this. 4King_Ace

12:16am Thu 12 Apr 12

Jag Boy Lyon says...

I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads.

Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance.

If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy.

Pleasure working with you Carl.
I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads. Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance. If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy. Pleasure working with you Carl. Jag Boy Lyon

5:35am Thu 12 Apr 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Jag Boy Lyon wrote:
I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads. Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance. If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy. Pleasure working with you Carl.
April the first was two weeks ago, quite funny tho good joke ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]Jag Boy Lyon[/bold] wrote: I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads. Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance. If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy. Pleasure working with you Carl.[/p][/quote]April the first was two weeks ago, quite funny tho good joke ha ha. notinwestcliffanymore

6:47am Thu 12 Apr 12

muffindamule says...

notinwestcliffanymor
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wrote:
Jag Boy Lyon wrote:
I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads. Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance. If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy. Pleasure working with you Carl.
April the first was two weeks ago, quite funny tho good joke ha ha.
"The owner of the land will now have to foot the bill to remove the tyres".

No problem on that one. There's a bloke I know who can do the job for less than 200 quid !
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jag Boy Lyon[/bold] wrote: I think the EA should of attempted to work with Carl instead of against him you see we what we do seem to forget they could be in one area or just dumped in ditches rivers or at the sides of roads. Carl was an amazing guy to work for and always had the best intentions and I never doubted him for a second however the EA never really gave him a chance. If Carl was to ever ask me to work with him again hands down I'd say yes he is one decent guy. Pleasure working with you Carl.[/p][/quote]April the first was two weeks ago, quite funny tho good joke ha ha.[/p][/quote]"The owner of the land will now have to foot the bill to remove the tyres". No problem on that one. There's a bloke I know who can do the job for less than 200 quid ! muffindamule

8:03am Thu 12 Apr 12

Bonky Badger says...

Tough on crime. Tough on the causes of crime.

- T. Blair (Labour)
Tough on crime. Tough on the causes of crime. - T. Blair (Labour) Bonky Badger

2:49pm Thu 12 Apr 12

saddo99 says...

Strange thing but when I lived out on a farm in Southminster we regularly had fires in the field and the best way to keep them going was to bung a tyre on. I used to collect them from Battlesbridge Station where dumpers had thrown them into the valley that seperates the station car park from the industrial estate. This was 20 years ago but there was always a plentiful supply. I think Carl missed a trick and should have sold them to a go-kart track.
Strange thing but when I lived out on a farm in Southminster we regularly had fires in the field and the best way to keep them going was to bung a tyre on. I used to collect them from Battlesbridge Station where dumpers had thrown them into the valley that seperates the station car park from the industrial estate. This was 20 years ago but there was always a plentiful supply. I think Carl missed a trick and should have sold them to a go-kart track. saddo99

6:53am Fri 13 Apr 12

Brunning999 says...

4King_Ace wrote:
I bet those whom have been fined over 'cigs' being dropped are none too happy to learn about this.
Why are you saying that the fag droppers should be exempt ?

A litter dropper is a litter dropper end of.

This country has to many people that support the law providing they are exempt and free to carry on.
[quote][p][bold]4King_Ace[/bold] wrote: I bet those whom have been fined over 'cigs' being dropped are none too happy to learn about this.[/p][/quote]Why are you saying that the fag droppers should be exempt ? A litter dropper is a litter dropper end of. This country has to many people that support the law providing they are exempt and free to carry on. Brunning999

4:56pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Andycal 172D says...

Brunning999 you are so full of it! I bet you would have loved those guys who made the trains run on time too. Good job we had a war and defeated them, eh?

As for this antisocial git and his tyres, give him a blunt penknife and chain him outdoors and tell him when he's finished shredding the lot he can go free - one meal for every 100 tyres completed. Good bloke my arse!
Brunning999 you are so full of it! I bet you would have loved those guys who made the trains run on time too. Good job we had a war and defeated them, eh? As for this antisocial git and his tyres, give him a blunt penknife and chain him outdoors and tell him when he's finished shredding the lot he can go free - one meal for every 100 tyres completed. Good bloke my arse! Andycal 172D

12:21am Sat 14 Apr 12

LordSpiffSpaffington says...

British judges need replacing, they are too outdated for the criminals of today
British judges need replacing, they are too outdated for the criminals of today LordSpiffSpaffington

1:33pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Nebs says...

LordSpiffSpaffington wrote:
British judges need replacing, they are too outdated for the criminals of today
Judges should be elected.
[quote][p][bold]LordSpiffSpaffington[/bold] wrote: British judges need replacing, they are too outdated for the criminals of today[/p][/quote]Judges should be elected. Nebs

10:10pm Sun 15 Apr 12

Goldilocks1 says...

Maybe the Judge was feeling Tyred and put the decimal dot in the wrong place. (£122.000.00 would of been more like it if not more.
Maybe the Judge was feeling Tyred and put the decimal dot in the wrong place. (£122.000.00 would of been more like it if not more. Goldilocks1

6:18pm Mon 16 Apr 12

smiffy22 says...

saddo99 wrote:
Strange thing but when I lived out on a farm in Southminster we regularly had fires in the field and the best way to keep them going was to bung a tyre on. I used to collect them from Battlesbridge Station where dumpers had thrown them into the valley that seperates the station car park from the industrial estate. This was 20 years ago but there was always a plentiful supply. I think Carl missed a trick and should have sold them to a go-kart track.
Hmm. Not sure about the poisonous fumes from burning the tyres. And of course the poisons leeched into the soil (from the smoke ext) that would then be used to grow food!
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]saddo99[/bold] wrote: Strange thing but when I lived out on a farm in Southminster we regularly had fires in the field and the best way to keep them going was to bung a tyre on. I used to collect them from Battlesbridge Station where dumpers had thrown them into the valley that seperates the station car park from the industrial estate. This was 20 years ago but there was always a plentiful supply. I think Carl missed a trick and should have sold them to a go-kart track.[/p][/quote]Hmm. Not sure about the poisonous fumes from burning the tyres. And of course the poisons leeched into the soil (from the smoke ext) that would then be used to grow food! Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22

7:11pm Mon 16 Apr 12

pussycats says...

I'm tyred of this thread. Logging out!
I'm tyred of this thread. Logging out! pussycats

4:52pm Tue 17 Apr 12

whataday says...

Just give them back to Carl Steele -dump all of them in his garden
Just give them back to Carl Steele -dump all of them in his garden whataday

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