Waste boss told ‘pay £2m or it’s eight years in jail’

A long-running investigation by the Environment Agency has concluded with a £1.99m confiscation order

Lee Hazel will still have to pay up even if he is jailed. Photograph: Environment AgencyA Wiltshire scrapyard owner is facing a confiscation order of just under £2m, bringing a five-year investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) and Wiltshire Police to a close.

Lee Hazel, owner and sole director of Melksham Metals Recycling Ltd, was handed the order on 20 October, a year and a half after being given a suspended 18-month jail sentence for dumping and running an unpermitted operation, contrary to sections 33(1) and 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and regulations 38(1)(a) and 12(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

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