Man pollutes stream and nearby properties with waste oils

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Caught running an illegal collection site from his home near Sherborne, in Dorset

The Environment Agency (EA) has reported that a 49-year-old man has polluted a stream and a number of properties close by with waste oils, after operating an illegal collection site from his home near Sherborne, in Dorset.

Around 60,000 litres of cooking oil and other food products were discovered at Stuart Allen’s home, on Keepers Paddock, Middlemarsh. A number of the materials had been contaminated with wood, plastics and even human waste.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was given a suspended jail sentence.

The EA has successfully prosecuted a man for running an illegal oil waste service

A picture of the oil waste mess found by the investigators

The issues were brought to the attention of the EA in November 2014, after neighbours reported finding cooking oil in their drains and in a pond close to their homes. Different oils were also discovered on the A352 road and on Caundle Brook.

When two of Allen’s neighbours complained to him, they were threatened with violence, says the EA.

The Environment Agency also said that Allen made no effort to store or contain the oils safely and that “spillages simply soaked into bare earth”.

It was revealed that Allen was collecting around three tonnes of waste oils per week from a number of catering businesses throughout Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset.

At Taunton Crown Court, Allen was given four months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and made to carry out two-hundred hours of unpaid work. He was also made to pay £20,000 in costs and given a ten year restraining order, which relates to his neighbours.

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