POLICE are hunting a former skip firm boss who is believed to have fled the country after being hit with a £110,000 fine.
Hartlepool man Kevin Brough is facing three years in prison for defaulting on the court-ordered payment and failing to appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.
The 49-year-old was hit with the fine in August 2009 after a confiscation hearing at Teesside Crown Court.
The Environment Agency had brought a prosecution against Brough as a co-director of skip hire company Easy Skips (NE) Ltd, which operated out of Hartlepool’s Longhill Industrial Estate.
He pleaded guilty in Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on November 29, 2007, to four offences relating to keeping controlled waste.
In a confiscation hearing at Teesside Crown Court in August 2009, which was led by officers from the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), he was ordered to pay £110,000 within twelve months.
But he is said to have failed to pay and the amount has now risen to in excess of £131,000. He now faces three years in prison in default of payment.
Police are appealing for information to help trace Brough for failing to appear at Hartlepool Magistrates Court and failing to comply with confiscation enforcement proceedings.
Brough is described as white, around 6ft-tall, of stocky build and with brown eyes, receding, light-brown hair and a North-East accent.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from the RART believe he may have left the country, however due to his strong connections to Hartlepool and the north east, they say someone must have information on his whereabouts.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.