Suffolk farmer fined for dumping 40 tonnes of waste

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“Embarrassed” farmer fined £1,000 for fly-tipping 40 tonnes of industrial waste

A Suffolk farmer has appeared in Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court after being prosecuted by Mid Suffolk District Council who linked the farmer to 40 tonnes of waste which had been dumped at the side of a country road.

The 44-year-old farmer, William Johnston, from Suffolk, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping 40 tonnes of industrial waste in Finningham Road on 9 April last year. Mr Johnston said the whole incident had been “hugely embarrassing” but that the waste had been unlawfully dumped on his land by another unidentified person.

Waste dumped by farmer at roadside

The waste dumped at the side of the road

The fly-tipping was reported to the Environmental Agency and Suffolk Police, who said the large amount of waste at the side of the road presented a “potential danger to motorists and other members of the public”. The Environmental Agency organised the removal of the dangerous fly-tipped rubbish.

Mr Johnston told the court that he had later paid £4,000 for the removal of the rubbish (which included industrial waste, including building materials, and household waste) from Finningham Road.

The remorseful farmer was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine and pay costs of £1,600 after pleading guilty to the fly-tipping charges in Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

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