Rogue Hartlepool skip boss still on the run from police

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A FORMER Hartlepool skip firm boss is still on the run from police after being hit with a £110,000 court fine.

Kevin Brough is believed to have fled the country after being slapped with the bill following a court case relating to four offences of keeping controlled waste.

The 49-year-old is facing three years in prison for defaulting on the court-ordered payment and failing to appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Today officers from Cleveland Police re-appealed for information as to the businessman’s whereabouts saying that due to his links with Hartlepool and the North East area, “someone must know where he is”.

A police spokeswoman said: “Officers from the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team (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.”

The Environment Agency brought the prosecution against Brough as a co-director of skip hire company Easy Skips (NE) Ltd.

It operated out of Hartlepool’s Longhill Industrial Estate.

The firm had breached laws around the keeping of tonnes of controlled waste.

Brough pleaded guilty to the four waste offences before justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on November 29, 2007.

In a confiscation hearing at Teesside Crown Court, in Middlesbrough, almost two years later in August 2009, he was ordered to pay a fine of £110,000 within a period of twelve months.

But he is said to have failed to pay the huge cash sum and the amount has since risen to in excess of £131,000.

Brough now also faces three years in prison in default of the payment.

Environment Agency chiefs previously welcomed the punishment coming to Brough when he is caught, with environment management team leader Graeme Hull saying: “We welcome the decision by the court.

“If people choose to deliberately flout the legislation, then they have to face the consequences.”

Police have released a description of Brough, whose address was previously given in court as being of Parklands Way, in the West Park area of Hartlepool, to help readers spot the crook.

He is described as being white, around 6ft tall, of stocky build and with brown eyes.

He has, or had, receding, light-brown hair and a North-East accent.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Or alternatively witnesses could ring Crimestoppers anonymously on the freephone number (0800) 555111.