Comber man given £325,690 confiscation order and community service for waste offences

Date published: 10 April 2019

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At Downpatrick Crown Court today, William Robert Morrow (68) of Tullynakill Road, Comber was given 180 hours community service for three breaches of waste management legislation, having previously pleaded guilty and been ordered to pay £325,690 confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Between November 2015 and April 2016, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) investigated a site at 102 Ballydrain Road in Comber, where an estimated 3,942 tonnes of non-inert, non-hazardous controlled waste was infilled without a waste management or appropriate exemption being in place for the waste.

Controlled waste found on the site included concrete, brick, plastics, wood, textiles, metal, electrical wiring, tarmac, plastic bottles, tiles, glass, reinforced kerb stones, plastic piping, plastic wrap, PVC frames, linoleum and brewery piping.

William Robert Morrow’s £325,690 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act is for the financial benefit attributed to the deposit, keeping and treating of 3,942 tonnes of controlled waste at an unauthorised site at 102 Ballydrain Road.

William Robert Morrow was given three months to pay with a default term set at four years imprisonment in the event of non-payment.

The outcome in this case demonstrates the strength of NIEA’s commitment to pursuing those who damage our environment for their own financial gain. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. William Robert Morrow pleaded guilty on 17 April 2018 to three charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.                         
  2. In addition, William Robert Morrow was ordered to pay £1,285 costs.
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