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Pair sentenced for 'highly polluting' fly-tip

A Preston father and son have been given eight-month suspended prison sentences and ordered to pay costs of almost £70,000 for dumping illegal waste.

William and Benjamin Wheale were prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA) at Preston Crown Court, where their sentences were suspended for 18 months.

They must also each, within one year, pay costs of £34,593.02 for dumping the equivalent of six Olympic-size swimming pools-worth of illegal waste (pictured) at Farrington Business Park in Leyland. They must also perform 150 hours of community service.

Two companies directed by William Wheale have also received fines: £10,000 for Wheale Environmental Contracting and a nominal £1 for Wheale Plant Hire.

The offences took place between August 2015 and February 2016 when the Wheales illegally dumped more than 15,000cu m of waste, which appeared to be connected to the car industry.

EA tests showed the waste to be “highly polluting”. The site has since been remediated.

An EA spokesperson said: “The agency is determined to make life hard for criminals. Our specialist crime unit uses intelligence to track and prosecute those involved in illegal waste activity, and we rely on information from the public to bring those responsible to justice.”

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