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Tip-offs lead EA to 11 illegal sites

The Environment Agency’s (EA) largest one-day sting operation, acting on information from the public, has found 11 illegal waste sites in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

Waste had been burnt at six of them, while three contained construction and demolition waste, one household waste and one was a scrap yard. Items found included furniture, plastic, insulation, car parts, fuel containers, chimney-sweeping equipment, a lawn mower and skis.

EA officers visited 28 sites, the rest of which were operating legally. The 11, inclduing one near Wellingborough (pictured), will get written guidance and follow-up visits.

Mark Rumble, EA enforcement team leader, said: “Thanks to intelligence from local communities, we found 11 sites where we can now take action to put a stop to activities that blight our neighbourhoods, our environment and our economy.

“Also, it is encouraging that so many of the sites we visited were not breaking the law, and we continue to offer support to operators who abide by the rules.”

Meanwhile, the EA has prosecuted Robert Walker, owner of Basildon-based Bob’s Skips, who must pay almost £25,000 in fines and costs after he failed to check the legitimacy of a haulier who falsely claimed to work for a genuine haulage company.

The driver, who cannot be traced, used fake waste transfer notices and fly-tipped the waste at four locations.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard that Walker asked for waste transfer notices but made no further enquiries, and failed to notice the forms were not filled in properly. He also did not know where the waste was taken.

Walker pleaded guilty and was fined £10,000, ordered to pay £8,300 towards the costs of removing the fly-tips, £6,532 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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