Waste criminal forced to pay back £200,000

The Environment Agency (EA) this week recovered £200,000 from a waste criminal who is serving a five-year ban from the waste industry after being charged with multiple environmental offences in Wiltshire.

Lee Averies was given three 12-month suspended prison sentences running concurrently in 2016 for running illegal waste sites in Swindon with his brother David Averies. One of the sites in Swindon suffered a significant blaze in 2014.

Averies, who was ordered to pay the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 at Swindon Crown Court on Monday, faces prison if he does not pay within three months.

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