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Prison sentence for illegal waste site operator

A man from Buxton has received a five month prison sentence for illegally operating a waste site.

The Environment Agency brought Timothy Birchenough to Nottingham Crown Court to be charged under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Birchenough operated an illegal waste site at Wibbersley Farm, Buxton. He did not have a waste management licence, which is a requirement for all sites which receive and store waste. Birchenough had been prosecuted by the EA on previous occasions for similar offences.

EA counsel Kevin Saunders told the court he visited Wibbersley Farm and saw large numbers of skips containing various waste and land that was covered in waste deposits.

EA officer Rachel Turnbull said: This sentencing should send a clear message to those carrying out waste operations illegally that it is not acceptable to continually flout the law and put legitimate businesses and the environment at risk. Birchenough did not change his ways following his previous convictions and posed a significant threat to surrounding areas.



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