Illegal waste operator gets prison sentence for fire

The owner of an illegal waste site has narrowly avoided jail despite offences that led to a two-month blaze

The local Fire Service used nearby ponds and a crane to fight the 2-month blaze. Photograph: Essex County Fire & Rescue ServiceAn illegal waste operator has been given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after his Essex site caught fire and burned for two months.

Joshua John O'Malley pleaded guilty to running the illegal site at Chelmsford Crown Court on 18 May.

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