Man pleads guilty to waste tipping offences

A SOUTH Elmsall man has pleaded guilty to illegally disposing waste material at a farm in Doncaster.

Colin Catton, 65, of Hacking Lane, admitted four offences of depositing waste material without an environmental permit at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard how officers from the Environment Agency had carried out surveillance at Stubbs Farm Hall, Hampole, between July and October 2009. They saw a number of vehicles tipping different loads, waste being burnt and waste being disposed of at the site. Catton was spotted tipping demolition waste, including asbestos, in September 2009.

In October 2009, officers executed a search warrant and found rubble, brick, concrete, wood and asbestos in a landfill area.

The court heard how Catton believed the owner of the farm, John Soar, was authorised to take the waste. Soar will be sentenced at a later date. Catton was sentenced to 160 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

Three other men also appeared in court with Catton. Trevor Jones, 48, of Stubbs Hall, Wakefield Road, pleaded guilty to one charge and was fined £100 and £150 costs for being involved in the burning of waste at Stubbs Hall Farm. Kevin Donkin, 53, of Woodlands Road, Woodlands, pleaded guilty to one offence. He was sentenced to 50 hours unpaid work and £400 costs. Charles Donkin, aged 28 years, of Roberts Road, Balby, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to three charges and was given 140 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £800 costs.

Tudor Auction Rooms Ltd admitted one offence and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,200.