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Farmer's £226,000 confiscation order for illegal dumping

A farmer who made nearly half a million pounds by illegally dumping waste has been ordered to pay back more than £226,000 or face a lengthy jail term.

Heddwyn Williams, of Llwynadam Farm, Pontarddulais, Swansea, was initially given a six-month suspended prison sentence in 2013 after Natural Resources Wales (NRW) caught him running an illegal tip in Bolgoed Road.

NRW officers then found he had continued to tip waste illegally at a second site at Llwynadam Farm despite being warned not to.

An investigation conducted by NRW and police revealed that Williams had spread manure over a large amount of demolition waste that included concrete blocks, rubber matting, plywood, empty paint tins, pink plaster and furniture.

It was presumed he was attempting to grow grass over the waste to cover it. He admitted offences of illegal depositing, but claimed the majority of waste was to build a farm track he had planning permission for. 

A further prosecution saw him given a 12-month suspended sentence in January 2016.

Following a hearing at Swansea Crown Court on 6 June under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Williams has now been ordered to pay £226,326 within three months. If he defaults he could face 30 months in prison.

The judge ruled that Williams had benefitted by £433,500 from his illegal activities.

Martyn Evans, NRW head of operations south west Wales, said: “We gave Mr Williams every opportunity to comply with the conditions in his permits but he did not do this.”

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