Cromer

Cromer man prosecuted for burning commercial waste illegally

Just Regional
Jul 22, 2015 2 mins read

A Cromer resident has been fined a total of £3343 for burning waste illegally following an appearance at Norwich Magistrates Court.

Harry Wright, 59, of Fellside Farm, Cromer pleaded guilty to two offences of burning waste contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) prosecuted Mr Wright following an investigation by its Environmental Protection Officers after reports were received from members of the public of burning and of large plumes of thick black smoke.

Despite receiving three visits and written correspondence from the officers, Mr Wright continued to burn waste illegally. Photographic evidence was offered to the court.

Mr Wright pleaded guilty to the following:

(1) Burning commercial waste producing noxious smoke on 11 June 2014
(2) Burning commercial waste producing noxious smoke on 13 June 2014

He was fined £1065 for each offence, £1000 for prosecutions costs and £213 for victim surcharge.

North Norfolk District Council’s Leader, Tom FitzPatrick said: “I hope that this successful prosecution sends out a strong message that North Norfolk District Council will not tolerate those who behave in such a reckless and deliberate manner. Mr Wright showed a blatant disregard not just for the law and the advice of Council officers, but for the environment and for the health and well-being of others and in such cases, we will seek to prosecute.”

NNDC would like to thank the members of the public who reported this incident and. People are advised to contact the Environmental Protection Team at North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516085 if they suspect waste is being burned illegally.

North Norfolk District Council

More of what's happening in Cromer