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Illegal dumping next to protected river

A Lincolnshire businessman has been fined for dumping construction and demolition (C&D) waste at the Lounge Colliery site near the River Mease.

Frank Nicklinson, 39, from Lincoln, pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court to two offences relating to the illegal transportation and dumping of controlled waste.

He was fined £660 and ordered to pay costs of £1,700 and a victim surcharge of £66.

Police officers witnessed Nicklinson depositing C&D waste from a trailer on to the land without permission and without a valid waste carrier’s licence.

The dumping site is within the catchment area of the River Mease, which is a site of special scientific interest and is home to a number of protected species.

An officer from the Environment Agency said: “The accumulation of waste at the site has also sparked recent arson attacks which, again, can have significant environmental and economic impact.”

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