Stephen Lack was handed an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to breaching environmental laws.

Lack, trading under the name Abbey Skips, was found to have repeatedly stockpiled waste on a site at Monkton Sidings, Fineshade, without the necessary environmental permits. Such waste offences had been continually committed by Lack over the last ten years, causing human health and the environment to be put at risk.

Despite being previously advised and warned by the Environment Agency, Lack deliberately ignored such warnings and continued with his actions. The individual saved thousands of pounds over the years by burning and burying his waste rather than disposing of his waste lawfully at authorised sites. The Environmental Manager at the Environment Agency commented that the case was a "shocking example of an individual driven by profit blatantly ignoring their responsibilities".