Wiltshire illegal landfill farmer to repay £200,000

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A Wiltshire farmer who ran an illegal landfill site on his land has been ordered to pay back more than £200,000.

Guy Wentworth, 73, from Aldbourne near Marlborough, pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2011 for operating his farm as a landfill without a permit.

He was given a six month suspended sentence after ignoring repeated warnings from the Environment Agency.

Now, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, he has been ordered to pay £209,908 or face two years in prison.

It was during an inspection in 2008, according to the agency, that officers discovered Wentworth was digging up chalk on his farm and dumping waste illegally.

'Very clear message'

Between April 2006 and July 2010, the agency estimated that up to 36,000 cubic metres of landfill were taken to the area.

Colin Chiverton, from the agency, said: "By operating outside the law Mr Wentworth put the environment at risk as well as undermining legitimate waste businesses.

"We are pleased the court has recognised the severity of Mr Wentworth's wrongdoing with the confiscation order of £209,908.

"We hope this case sends out a very clear message to those who think they can carry out illegal waste activities for profit."

The 73-year-old has until 21 April next year to repay the sum or face a two-year prison sentence.

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