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Waste carrier dumped and burnt tyres at illegal site

"This uncontrolled handling and burning of waste had the potential to harm human health and pollute the environment

A waste carrier has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work after admitting depositing shredded tyres and burning waste at a site which did not have a permit.

He was also ordered to pay a £250 contribution to costs.

Luke Holmes admitted the charges at Northampton Magistrates Court on 25 January 2013 and was sentenced today (16 April) following an investigation by the Environment Agency.

Sarah Nicholson, prosecuting, told the court that Holmes had taken a number of loads of shredded tyres from a nearby shredding site on Tweed Road and had dumped them on land at Chapel Lane, Hackleton, Northamptonshire.

The investigation started after a call to the Environment Agency's national incident helpline. Officers visited the Chapel Lane site and found approximately 60 mounds of shredded tyres covering an area of 30m x 30m.

They also found old oil drums, white goods, an old trampoline, wooden pallets and several whole tyres. On two occasions there was evidence of recent burning.

Holmes collected the tyres from Tweed Road, after showing his waste carrier's licence and dumped the tyres at the site on Chapel Lane.

Holmes also admitted depositing and burning other mixed waste at the site.

Samantha Clayton, from the Environment Agency, said:
"Holmes holds a waste carrier's licence and should have been aware of the need for the land to be permitted.

"This uncontrolled handling and burning of waste had the potential to harm human health and pollute the environment.

"Significant amounts of waste were brought onto the site which is in a flood zone, and there was evidence of burning on site, which would never be permitted."