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Five-figure costs for man caught burning waste

A 64-year-old Warwickshire man has been handed a suspended jail term for illegally burning waste.

William Turner, of Walnut Hill Farm, Ullenhall, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to the charge.

He was also ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work, and pay costs of £12,663.13.

Environment Agency officers found a large amount of treated wood and chipboard being burnt at the farm in November 2010.

EA environment manager David Hudson said: “We tried to work with Mr Turner at his Birmingham waste site, and when we found him burning waste on his farm we explained to him that he could not burn waste there. Even then he continued to burn the waste.

“Because we use covert surveillance as one of our investigation tools, we had very clear evidence to present to the court.

“This is a case of repeated and flagrant disregard for the law and damage to the environment. I’m pleased that the court has acted to show environmental criminals that they are likely to be caught and dealt with firmly”.

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