A businessman who ran an illegal waste operation has been fined £10,000 for breaching environmental regulations.
Richard Vernon, who operated a skip hire company in Brackley, Northamptonshire, without the correct license, was accused of depositing, storing and sorting waste without the permission of the Environment Agency.
During a routine hazardous waste audit at Turweston Aerodrome in Westbury, inspectors from the Environment Agency discovered Mr Vernon's illegal operation and found hazardous waste including a fridge and cathode ray tube televisions. Despite being warned by officers, he carried on operating without the proper permit.
Appearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court last Friday, Mr Vernon pleaded guilty to the charge. In addition to the fine he was ordered to pay costs of £2,251 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Environment Agency officer Jeremy Hay said after the hearing: "By operating without an environmental permit and without the appropriate infrastructure Mr Vernon was able to undercut legitimate operators and put the environment at risk."