Suffolk

Farmer fined after dumping 40 tonnes of waste

Walsham-le-Willows fly tipping Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption Police said the waste was a "potential danger to motorists" on Finningham Road

A farmer has been fined after dumping 40 tonnes of industrial waste outside a village.

William Johnston, of Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk, admitted dumping the rubbish, described as building material and household waste, last April.

Suffolk Police said it was a "potential danger to motorists and other members of the public".

The 44-year-old admitted the whole episode was "hugely embarrassing" and "regrettable" as he left court.

He dumped the rubbish, described as building material and household waste, at the side of Finningham Road on 9 April last year.

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Image caption The waste included building material and was fly-tipped by tractor and trailer, police said

Police officers and the Environment Agency removed the waste, which they believe was unloaded using a tractor and trailer.

Johnston was fined £1000 plus costs of £1600 after pleading guilty to fly-tipping at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court.

In a statement, he said the rubbish had been unlawfully dumped on his own land before he moved it, and he later paid £4,000 for it to be cleared up from the side of the road.

Jonathan Reed, prosecuting on behalf of Mid Suffolk District Council said he was pleased the court had recognised the "severity of the offences as well as the dangers to users of the highway."

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