£400 for illegal dump of 11,500 tyres

A man was fined £400 with £400 costs by Bedford magistrates on 27 January after he was convicted of storing up to 11,500 tyres, together with scrap cars and general wastes, in a field in the village of Harlington, near Luton, for more than three years.

Nicholas Willsmore pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to the deposit, keeping and burning of waste at an unlicensed site, contrary to sections 33(1)(a) and 33(1)(b) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. However, the court decided his testimony was "not credible".

The case amounted to "a deliberate or reckless breach of the law that continued despite repeated warnings," it said.

The Environment Agency first investigated the site in January 2001 following complaints from local residents. Mr Willsmore repeatedly agreed to remove the waste but failed to do so until August 2004, at a cost of £8,500.

  • Two men were each fined £1,000 with £912 costs by Derby magistrates on 26 January after they admitted keeping and shredding up to 5,000 tyres at an unlicensed site on an industrial estate near Melbourne, Derbyshire.

    Kevin Smith and Andrew Wilson each admitted five charges relating to the deposit, keeping and treating of waste contrary to section 33 of the 1990 Act.

    Agency officers first discovered the offences when they visited the site in October 2002. The two men failed to comply with enforcement notices served by the Agency that December requiring them to remove tyres from the site and to stop shredding tyres until a licence was issued.

    The tyres were finally removed after notices were served again in November 2004.

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