A MAN who brought large amounts of waste to a site and burnt it illegally has pleaded guilty to a further offence.

Earlier this year John Bruce was sentenced for six charges in relation to the operation of an unpermitted waste activity at Throckmorton Airfield, with most of the waste consisting of construction and demolition waste.

On September 4, Bruce pleaded guilty to a charge in relation to operating a regulated facility at Ridgeway Park Farm without an environmental permit.

Worcester Crown Court handed Bruce a 22 week custodial sentence to run concurrently to his existing 26 month sentence.

In the original case approximately 26,000 cubic metres of waste was brought onto the site by Mr Bruce during the offending period.

An Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said: “Mr Bruce has shown a blatant disregard for the environment and local community by operating a large scale illegal waste site at his farm. His actions undermine legitimate business also the investment and economic growth that go with it.

“The Environment Agency will use all its enforcement powers, where we believe environmental offences have been committed. In cases where we believe monies have been unlawfully gained, we will investigate under the proceeds of crime act and confiscate assets.”

The Environment Agency urges people to report waste crime on 0800 80 70 60.