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Tavistock recycling boss fined over waste bonfire

  • 9-8-2011

A recycling boss who claimed he was having a traditional 5 November bonfire has been fined for burning waste.

Roger Sparling runs a waste transfer station at Hayev Down, Tavistock, Devon.

After the fire was reported to the Environment Agency, officers found partially burnt remains of metal cans, melted glass, tyres and a mattress.

Sparling pleaded guilty to illegally disposing of waste by burning and was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,300 costs by Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

The fire was reported by a member of the public who suspected plastic or rubber was being burned because of the size of the flames and the black "acrid" smoke.

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