The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted three people under the Environmental Protection Act for the deposit and keeping of waste without a permit.

George Penfold, James Penfold and Josephine Pettigrove were fined a combined total of £78,000 plus £26,976 costs at Ashford Magistrates on 1 October.

The charges related to permitting controlled waste to be kept without a waste management licence and allowing waste to be deposited without a licence at Nickley Wood, Shadoxhurst between September 2005 and March 2007. An Agency spokesman said that it hoped that the scale of the fine would deter others from doing the same.

The Environment Agency announced recently that it was stepping up efforts track down and prosecute illegal waste sites in a renewed effort to stamp the practice out. This includes extending the use of what it referred to as ‘CSI’ techniques – like forensics, handwriting experts and crime mapping.