Environment Agency charges admitted in Margaretting Tye case

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Media captionClearing the illegally dumped waste is going to cost about £500,000

A former farm owner has admitted creating a "lagoon" of illegally dumped medical and domestic waste at a site in Essex.

Neil Spooner, from west London, was charged with two waste-related offences by the Environment Agency. Both offences relate to waste at Little Tressels Farm in Margaretting Tye.

The 52-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

The case was transferred to Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing in 18 July.

Magistrates heard how Environment Agency officers discovered the lagoon and piles of waste measuring 100ft (30m) in diameter and between 3ft and 9ft (1m to 3m) in height.

These stacks included glass, plastic and concrete.

A barn, with modified doors to accommodate large vehicles, was packed with mattresses and plastics.

The cost of cleaning the waste, the court heard, would be hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Last year BBC News reported on the dumping of hard core, building materials and plastics are among the rubbish deposited at the farm.

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