Man jailed for illegally importing and burning waste

Posted on 9 August 2022

The Environment Agency reported last week (5 August) that a man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for illegally importing and burning waste “on a large scale” at two sites in Essex.

Shane Boutwell of Rivendell Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on 2 August after pleading guilty earlier this year, the Agency says.

According to the Agency, its officers visited land at Bradwell Wick Leisure Plots, Maldon Road, Bradwell-on-Sea, in June 2020 after firefighters raised concerns following several fires at the site.

The regulator said it found large quantities of waste at the site, including waste electricals, household waste and demolition waste, as well as piles of burned waste.

Officers attended another site owned by Mr Boutwell at Lower Barn Farm, Lower Burnham Road, Latchingdon in September 2020. They reported finding burning waste “with flames up to two metres high”. The Agency added that Essex Fire and Rescue attended and discovered a gas cylinder amongst the embers before immediately calling for fire engines.

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