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Cookstown man given confiscation order of over £16,000 for illegal waste offences

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Mr Kevin Higgins (39) of Killybearn Road, Cookstown, was made the subject of a Confiscation Order of £16,068.36 at Dungannon Crown Court.

The Confiscation Order, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, was taken by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) .

During a site visit in May 2007, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA - formerly the Environment and Heritage Service), discovered that Mr Higgins had kept and illegally disposed of around 6,800 tonnes of controlled waste at land at Killybearn near Cookstown.

The waste, which included clay, reinforced concrete and demolition waste, was being kept without a waste management licence being in place for the site.

In 2008, Mr Higgins was previously sentenced to four months (suspended for two years), for four offences under Article 4 (1) a and 4 (1) b of the Waste and Contaminated Land Order (Northern Ireland) 1997.

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Higgins was previously charged under the following Articles of the Waste and Contaminated Land Order (Northern Ireland) 1997:

Article 4 (1) (a), relating to the deposit of controlled waste in or on land without a waste management licence;
Article 4 (1) (b), relating to keeping and treating waste in or on land without a waste management licence.

Note: the confiscation order against Mr Higgins was subsequently quashed by a court on June 23, 2014

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