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Man jailed for waste crime handed further custodial sentence

Burning waste

John Bruce, who was jailed for 26 months after burning, burying and dumping around 26,000cu m of waste while trading as UK Plant Services, has been given an additional 22-week sentence.

Bruce’s second prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency (EA) following an incident at the beginning of 2016 when he illegally dumped more than 60 tonnes of kitchen and bathroom waste material at his site at Ridgeway Park Farm, Throckmorton Airfield, Worcestershire.

In May, Bruce was handed a jail sentence for what the EA described as “industrial scale” abuses at the airfield site (pictured).

The second prosecution was heard at Exeter Magistrates Court on 4 September.

Bruce pleaded guilty to carrying out illegal waste activities. His 22-week custodial sentence is to be carried out concurrently with his 26-month sentence.

The judge took Bruce’s guilty plea into consideration.

An EA spokesperson said: “The additional custodial sentence signals the severity of the crimes committed and demonstrates support from the judicial system in the fight against waste crime.”

 

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