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Landowner's £3m clean-up bill after crime case

2000 baldwins farm site

Two men have been ordered to pay a total of £175,000 in fines and compensation after admitting tipping waste illegally, including potentially hazardous materials, at two sites in Essex.

The pair, Patrick James Corbally Snr and Patrick Lee Corbally Jnr, also received 10-month prison sentences, which were suspended for two years.

The prosecution by the Environment Agency (EA) followed its investigation into the two men and their business PCS Recycling in 2012 and 2013.

The EA found a waste tip more than 15m high and covering the area of two football pitches, with an estimated 7,000 tonnes of waste, at Baldwins Farm in Essex. The Corballys pleaded guilty to operating the site without a permit.

At a second site, known as Bush Farm (Priory Angling Club), the EA found 9,000 tonnes of waste. It cost the site’s owner, Cemex UK, an estimated £3m in clearing and remediation.

The Corballys, along with their company PCS Recycling, were ordered to pay fines of £120,000 and £55,000 in compensation to Cemex.

Sarah Mills, enforcement team leader at the EA, said: “Illegal and unscrupulous waste criminals are working with total disregard for the environment, landowners, legal waste operators and any member of the public who use the land. We are determined to stop them.”

The aeriel photo of the site was taken after the offences.

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