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Illegal car breaker advertised on Facebook

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A businessman who operated an illegal car-breaking business in Cornwall, advertising through Facebook, has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 in fines and costs.

The court heard that the sites at St Cleer and Bodmin used by James Darke over a two-year period, were “unsightly with a clear risk of pollution”.

Darke, of The Sidings, Bugle, was fined after pleading guilty to depositing, keeping and breaking waste vehicles at St Cleer without an environmental permit in 2013, and at Bodmin between March 2014 and March 2015.

The Environment Agency (EA) told magistrates in Bodmin that an EA officer checked on a report of illegal car breaking at St Cleer and found there were no environmental permits or exemptions for the location.

But the site was used for breaking up cars without a permit and selling the parts online. Much of the advertising and marketing of the business was done on Facebook.

Darke admitted the activity and agreed to either comply or cease trading.

Further investigation in March 2014 showed he had moved to the Bodmin site and was carrying out a similar business on this site.

Darke admitted two offences of operating a regulated facility of depositing, keeping and breaking waste vehicles without an environmental permit, contrary to regulations 12(1)(a) and 38(1)(a) Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) regulations 2010.

He was fined £640 and ordered to pay a £64 victim surcharge and £4,780 costs by Bodmin magistrates.

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