After Environment Agency officers visited David House’s farm back in August 2015, they found that he had not complied with an earlier formal notice to remove illegal waste from the site. They also found that he spread ash across his land that contained arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
During a second visit, House introduced himself as a former character from Coronation Street called Ena Sharples and blamed others for spreading the waste on site.
However, he did eventually plead guilty in Bournemouth Crown County Court of operating a regulated facility without authority and disposing controlled special waste in a way that was likely to be harmful to human health.
"While the vast majority of waste sites we regulate are well run and provide a much needed waste management service, we recognise there’s an issue with a small number of operators who break the rule of their permit," said an EA spokesperson.
"We tried to work with Mr House to rectify issues and to ensure he was operating within the law but to no avail. We will prosecute those willingly found flouting the law by undertaking illegal activity and causing harm to the environment and human health."