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Man fined for allowing dumping on farm
10:30am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A MAN has been fined for allowing waste to be dumped on his farm.
A court heard how hospital waste was among the items found when environmental health inspectors visited Neil Spooner's property near Margaretting.
There was also an "unpleasant smell" coming from an old slurry pit which had been filled with waste including shredded plastic, glass and rubble.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how 53-year-old Spooner allowed land and a barn at Little Tressells Farm to be used for the illegal dumping of waste in 2011.
He admitted two charges brought by the Environmental Agency when he appeared in court and was fined a total of £2,000 plus £2,900 costs.
The court heard Spooner, an economic consultant, had been made bankrupt and the farm was in receivership.
Prosecutor Anne-Lise McDonald said checks at the site revealed Spooner had no licences allowing waste to be disposed of at the farm.
Shredded plastic that included srynges, glass, wood asnd other items were on various locations on the site.
An old slurry pit had also been filled with waste that included shredded rubber gloves and non toxic or hazardous items from hospitals, the court heard.
Spooner's lawyer, Mike Warren, said he had not profited from what was going on.
He had been asked by three men if they could dump rubble from a site they were working on and he agreed to this.
He did not know too much of what was going on at the farm as he was working in London at the time, Mr Warren said.
Spooner had been quoted a price of between £400,000 and £500,000 to have the site cleared by professionals and the value of the property had dropped by around £1million, Mr Warren added.
The receivers now owned the property as Spooner had been evicted and was made bankrupt earlier this year, Mr Warren said.
There had been no financial gain and Spooner had expressed remorse and regret, Mr Warren said.
There had been a degree of "naiviety" here, Mr Warren said.
Recorder Deborah Champion told Spooner he had been "irresponsible”.
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