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Illegal scrap yard closed down

The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted two brothers for running an illegal scrap yard.

William and Stephen Walker both from Sheffield have been given six months to clear the site after the brothers failed to get a waste management licence after the EA advised the brothers on many occasions that it was necessary.

EA representative Craig Burman said: This is a novel outcome which reflects the Environment Agencys desire for the site to be cleared. Operators of sites like these need to comply with the law or risk prosecution.

William Walker pleaded guilty to keeping controlled waste at the site in Sheffield, while Stephen Walker denied the same charge.

Environment Officers first noticed the yard when they saw a variety of waste collected there including car parts, old cars, wood, scrap metal, bicycle parts, windows and window frames. The Walkers were advised to get a waste management licence to store it and the EA sent them application forms.

After receiving complaints about the site, officers visited it again where they found around 200 car doors, 200 old tyres, 15 fuel tanks, piping, gas cylinders and car engines and radiators. The Walkers had still failed to get a licence for the waste.

Officers returned once again in February, April and August 2007 - when the site was in a similar state and interviewed the brothers.

Stephen Walker admitted to owning some of the waste and William Walker admitted to dealing some of the vehicle parts on site.

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