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Rogue waste operator costs council 20,000 in clean up

A Dorset-based man has been given a suspended prison sentence and a 20,000 fine for illegally storing and processing waste cooking oil.

Stuart Allen pleaded guilty to two offences of keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health and failing to comply with seven anti-pollution notices.

The case was brought by the Environment Agency who worked closely with West Dorset Council in a major clean-up operation.

The clean up cost 50,000, 20,000 of which came from the council. West Dorset might launch civil proceedings against Allen to recover this money.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset Council planning portfolio holder said: One of our key priorities as a council is protecting and enhancing the built and natural environment we live in.

As a council we take enforcement very seriously

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