York & North Yorkshire

Catterick man ran illegal waste tip at home

A man who ran an illegal waste storage site at his property has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence by magistrates in North Yorkshire.

Jonathan Wright, 54, of Mowbray Road, Catterick, was told to do 300 hours of community service and pay £500 costs.

Prosecutors told Northallerton Magistrates Wright had stored waste since 2010 without any permit.

Wright admitted the offence after batteries, scrap metal, gas cylinders and tyres were found.

Other waste found on the property included dismantled motorbikes, radiators, electrical wiring, bed frames, and drums.

Environmental hazard

An investigation by the Environment Agency in 2010 and 2011 revealed large amounts of waste and scrap metal inside and outside of Wright's property.

He was given a deadline to remove the waste, but when officers returned there was even more waste in the garden than before.

Surveillance of the property between January and April 2011 saw Wright's vehicles moving between his house and a household waste site in Catterick late at night.

The court heard that by using his home like this Wright avoided costs and fees in excess of £12,000.

Although he was registered as a waste carrier to transport waste he didn't have an environmental permit to store the waste at his home.

The magistrates said his activities were an environmental hazard to his neighbours and to himself.

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