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By Beth Sharp Thursday 30 January 2014 Updated: 30/01 23:16
TWO men have been ordered to pay more than £20,000 between them for illegally burying waste on a farm in Upton Warren.
Terry Dean Jacobs, 44, and from Redditch, and Colin Leslie Parsons, 69, from Kidderminster pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates Court on Monday (January 27) to charges relating to the illegal burial of waste on West Lodge Farm, on Swan Lane between July 1 and October 2, 2011.
Parsons was fined £4,000, with £6,000 costs and was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge for operating a regulated facility, namely a waste operation, when there was no environmental permit in force authorising it.
Jacobs was fined £4,000, with £6,000 costs and was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge for knowingly permitting the waste operation when there was no environmental permit in force authorising it.
Jacobs owned the land and received payment to allow the burial of waste on the site while Parsons had hired equipment to transport waste to the field.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency which investigated the site after a member of the public reported the illegal operation.
Officers found a large disturbed 52m by 52m area of ground with black plastic bags, plastic protruding out of the soil, a fresh pile of soil to the side and plant machinery which was traced back to Colin Parsons.
Jacobs was given a notice in 2012 which required all waste to be removed from the site by February 15 2013 - this notice was not complied with.
An Environment Agency officer, in charge of the investigation, said: “The defendants have been uncooperative throughout the investigation.
“By burying or allowing the burying of waste, they are risking damage to the environment and undercutting legitimate businesses for their own financial gain.
“This prosecution demonstrates that we take waste crime very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute if necessary, to protect the environment and local communities.”
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