Jailed North Wales Police inspector must pay pension

A former North Wales Police inspector jailed for illegal tyre dumping must pay back £33,000 from his pension as part of his proceeds from the crime.

The Environment Agency said Geraint Evans, 51, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, accepted the total benefit from the crime was £89,000,

Evans was sentenced to a year in prison last November for his part in illegally dumping 175,000 used tyres.

He has 28 days to repay the amount or face a further 18 months in prison.

The agency said Evans's partner Marilyn Hanks, 37, a former civilian police employee, benefited £18,000 from the crime and was ordered to repay £10,000 within six months or face a six month prison sentence.

Norman Cassidy, 58, Clacton on Sea, Essex, who was jailed for eight months, gained £72,769 from the crime but was ordered to repay £1 due to his lack of assets.

All three were due to face a three day proceeds of crime hearing but the agency said it agreed the figures beforehand.

The six-month investigation into the tyre dumping was one of Environment Agency Wales' largest.

The sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court last November heard that each defendant played various roles in setting up tyre recycling plants before moving on and leaving others to clear up mountains of waste rubber.

The tyres were left at sites in Hirwaun, south Wales, Manchester and Colchester in Essex.

The court heard they did not have a waste management licence for any of the premises, did not pay rent and made about £115,000 over 18 months.

The court heard that Evans, a former police inspector at Caernarfon who retired in 2005, had been involved in the tyre industry since 1991, while still a serving police officer, with the force's permission.

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