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Illegal waste site owner electronically tagged

A landowner in Kent has been given a night time curfew after pleading guilty to operating an illegal waste site.

Paul Woodcock was given a four-month suspended sentence, with an electronically monitored home detention curfew between 7pm-7am and £2,300 costs at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 10 October after being found guilty of operating a waste site at The Quarry, Wormshill near Sittingbourne, Kent without a permit.

In June 2015, the Environment Agency (EA) was informed of waste at the site which did not hold a permit. On inspection in July, officers saw piles of house clearance waste, construction and demolition waste, tyres and scrap vehicles which still contained polluting liquids and items such as batteries.

Woodcock was provided with advice and given four weeks to remove all waste from the site. It remained unchanged by September and the EA issued a notice ordering all waste to be removed from the quarry by early November 2015, but it says this was ignored.

Alan Cansdale, EA environment manager, said: “Woodcock was fully aware that he was not allowed to conduct waste activities on his land, but continued to deposit and store waste while ignoring the advice and guidance issued to him by EA officers.”

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