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Court orders wood carrier to pay £5,000

A landowner has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 for storing waste wood illegally at his site in Bicester.

Gordon Jones had accumulated an extensive amount of waste wood at his agricultural holding at Bainton Crossroads, Banbury Magistrates’ Court was told.

Reports of deposits and storage were received by the Environment Agency (EA) in 2013.

EA officers Jack Knight and Steven Cave visited the site and recorded the storage of a “very large” amount of waste wood, pallets and shredded wood on the south side of the land (pictured).

The officers found a number of exemptions for agricultural wastes under Jones’ name but they were not relevant to his depositss of wood.

Jones was fined £2,000, ordered to pay costs of £3,000 and £120 victim surcharge for failing to comply with a statutory notice to remove waste wood from the land by 2 June 2014 and served under S 59 EPA 1991.

Knight said: “Waste crime such as this puts the environment at risk from fire. We offered advice to Jones on a number of occasions with regards to him removing the waste wood during our site visits.”

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