A PENSIONER has been fined almost £22k after creating a mountain of rubbish at his home for more than two years. 

Raymond Wortley, 75, let other people dump waste on his ever growing mound of trash at his home in Crowland, Lincs. 


He left open his gate to let fly tippers in to get rid of tree cuttings, plastics, treated wood and construction waste between October 2019 and June 2021. 

Officers visited the site after being informed that material was being burnt – but were unable to see each other because the smoke was so thick. 

Aerial pictures revealed the extent of the trash mountain on the property, which continued to grow. 

Wortley has admitted that he operated a waste site illegally, with metal sheeting, aerosols, ceramic pots and plastics found on the burn pile. 

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When officers first attended in October 2019, Wortley only had permission to burn green waste at his home. 

Surveillance was carried out at the site during February 2020 and June to July 2020, with officials noting that tipper trucks were being charged £20 per load to the site. 

Wortley was told orally and in writing on several occasions that he was not allowed to run the site in the way he was but he continued. 

Another site visit took place inJuly 2020, and noted an attempt to regularise some of the waste procedures but a permit was still needed.

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Additional visits were made in February and October 2021 which discovered that Wortley continued to operate from the site with mixed waste including carpets, plastic and household waste being found.

In November 2021, the site was inspected via drone and found to be still operating as a waste transfer station without any permits.

He pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates Court to one count of  operating a waste facility without a permit contrary to Regulation 12 and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

The pensioner also pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting others to deposit waste contrary to section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Wortley was fined £21,693.50 which included the avoided permitting costs and financial benefit that he had gained by running the illegal site.

He was ordered to pay a contribution to prosecution costs of £10,000 and a victim surcharge of £181. 

Peter Stark, enforcement team leader for the Environment Agency said: “We take illegal waste activity very seriously and will take the necessary action to disrupt criminal activity and prosecute those responsible.

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“Wortley was advised to stop on numerous occasions but continued to disregard environmental law. He is now receiving the consequences of those actions.

“Members of the public can report waste crime report to us on 0800 807060. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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