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Trago Mills fined £200,000 for Devon and Cornwall waste dump

Waste filmed at Trago Mills. Pic: Environment Agency
Image caption The Environment Agency said several thousand tonnes of waste was dumped

A discount department store chain has been ordered to pay almost £200,000 for illegally dumping and burning waste at two of its sites in Devon and Cornwall.

Waste, including asbestos, was tipped and disposed of at Trago Mills sites near Newton Abbot in Devon and Liskeard in Cornwall, Torquay magistrates heard.

Trago Mills (South Devon) Ltd and Charles Robertson (Developments) Ltd admitted five offences.

The Environment Agency brought the case after waste was first found in 2009.

It was fined a total of £185,000 for the five breaches of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It was also ordered to pay £14,558 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, totalling £199,588.

The agency said the amount of dumped waste was believed to be "several thousand tonnes".

It said the company had since co-operated with the agency in order to remove the waste.

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