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Environment Agency
prosecutions
CASE 1: Britain’s unluckiest flytipper CASE 4: Vegetable company fined for gross pollution
Ian Goldsmith, of St Anns, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to Vegetable wash water grossly polluted a stream near
seven charges of flytipping at various locations around Attleborough leading to a fine of £3,500 and costs of £6,473
Nottinghamshire. The 47-year-old was also ordered to for Watton Produce Company Limited. Miss Claire Bentley,
pay £582 in compensation to Nottingham City County and prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told Swaffham
Broxtowe Borough Council, along with £700 in costs to the Magistrates’ Court that investigations by environment
Environment Agency. The community order required Mr officers and biologists had shown that the pollution had
Goldsmith to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the been ongoing for some time. Talks with the company at
community. He also narrowly missed a driving disqualifi- the end of January 2009 identified where pollution
cation, as the Court wanted him to carry on working in prevention could be improved and where in-house sampling
order to pay the compensation and costs. was needed but subsequent water quality samples taken
in January, February and March showed that the treatment
plant was still discharging polluting waste water.
CASE 2: Pollution costs Evesham farm over £3,800
On the 20th January, Shanael Farms Limited and Michael
Miller of Greville Hall Farm, Evesham, pleaded guilty at
CASE 5: Shoe company gets the boot for poor recycling
Worcester Magistrates’ Court to polluting the Battleton A major shoe company has been ordered to pay over
Brook at Hinton on the Green, near Evesham. Shanael £30,000 in fines and costs at Coalville Magistrates’ Court
Farms Limited was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs after failing to comply with packaging regulations. Brantano
of £900, along with a £15 victim surcharge. Mr Miller was (UK) Limited is a major footwear retailer and has 147 stores
fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £900, along with a in the UK. The company is based at Interlink Business
£15 victim surcharge. Shanael Farms Limited run a 400 Park, Bardon, in Coalville. The company pleaded guilty to
head dairy unit at Greville Hall Farm, with Mr Miller as the 15 charges related to not registering with the Environment
director of the company. Agency and failing to meet its packaging waste requirements
between 2003 and 2007. The charges were brought under
the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)
CASE 3: Imprisonment for “Talking Rubbish” in Court
Regulations 1997, 2005 and 2007. It was estimated that the
A Berkshire scrap yard owner has been given a suspended company had avoided costs of approximately £20,000 by
prison sentence and ordered to pay prosecution costs not following the correct procedures.
after pleading guilty for handling illegal waste at their
Berkshire business premises. Leslie Tucker Dunn (Snr)
and Leslie Thomas Dunn (Jnr) of The Willows, Reading
CASE 6: Wine company fined for waste packaging offences
pleaded guilty on the 11 January 2010 to depositing con- A top wine importer has recently been ordered to pay more
trolled waste without a Waste Management Licence. The than £35,000 in fines and costs for failing to meet all of its
Dunn’s ran a series of businesses from the site including obligations under the Waste Packaging Regulations. On
a skip hire business called – “Talking Rubbish”. The site January 22, 2009 The Great Western Wine Company was
received waste ranging from wood, plastics, cardboard, contacted by the Environment Agency to establish whether
rubber, polystyrene and soil between January and July it was required to register. With an annual turnover of £4.7
2008.Mr Dunn Senior was sentenced to imprisonment for million in 2003 rising to £7.7 million in 2007 is was evident
26 weeks, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay the company should have registered. The amount of
£6,000 towards prosecution costs. In addition he was packaging handled in those years was 315 tonnes and 637
ordered not to be involved in any unlicensed waste tonnes respectively. It is estimated the company avoided
transportation, storage and disposal businesses and was more than £22,000 in fees and costs for the years 2004 -
placed on an electronic curfew for three months during 2008 by failing to comply with the regulations. The company
the hours of 7am – 7pm. has since joined and paid a compliance scheme.
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