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Vehicle dismantler given prison sentence

A vehicle dismantler has been given a four month suspended prison sentence and ordered to do community service after running an illegal waste site.

The Environment Agency took Lincolnshire motor trader Michael Roy Casburn to court following a report of vehicle dismantling at his home in Skellingthrope, Lincoln.

EA officer Miriam Tordoff told Lincoln Magistrates Court that she made a visit to Casburns home in March 2008 and Casburn denied breaking vehicles on the site saying he was only bringing the vehicles back to the site while transporting them to a scrap yard in Lincoln. He was advised by EA officers that in order to store vehicles on the site he would need a licence.

EA officers made a further visit to the site in May 2008 and discovered an engine, three waste vehicles, two intermediate bulk containers containing fuel and a number of vehicle batteries. As the officers were leaving, Casburn drove onto the site in a vehicle transporter carrying a Ford Fiesta. The officers spoke to Casburn who told them that he was not running a waste site, it was just a hobby.

Following the hearing, EA investigating officer Neil Pattison said: Sites dealing with scrap vehicles must operate in accordance with an environmental permit to prevent pollution of the environment and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone operating without a permit.

We must also prevent illegal waste companies gaining a financial advantage by minimising operational costs by not registering.

Other illegal waste sites should be warned that we will prosecute them if they fail to change their activities.

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