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Illegal tyre waste site boss fined £20,000

A Shropshire pensioner has been fined £20,000 for running an illegal tyre and end-of-life vehicle waste site at his farm in Ludlow.

John Roberts, 69, was admitted operating a waste tyre disposal facility, a recovery of end-of-life vehicles facility, and an incinerator at Sherbourne Farm without environmental permit between February 2011 and April 2013.

The Environment Agency said officers visited Roberts’ farm in February 2011 after being alerted by the fire brigade. They found some 12,000 to 14,000 waste tyres stored in the open around the site, an incinerator in use and a number of vehicles and vehicle parts.

The EA then issued a notice to Roberts to remove the tyres from the site within an agreed timescale but he failed to comply. He also failed to comply with a notice to install fire breaks to reduce the risk of fire on the site while the tyres were in the process of being removed.

The EA officer in charge of the investigation said: “By not holding an environmental permit, Roberts has gained financially over other legal tyre operators and avoided legitimate costs of disposal.”

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