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A West Norfolk waste operator was jailed for 15 months yesterday after running an illegal site.

Mark Fuller had ‘thousands of tonnes’ of waste at Manor Farm, Common Lane, Gayton.

He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court for running the site without an environmental permit to store, dispose and treat the waste.

Norfolk County Council  served an enforcement notice on Fuller in 2010 to stop working, but he appealed it in August 2011 and lost.

In November 2012 the Environment Agency and council officers visited the site and found ‘many thousands of tonnes’ between 12 and 15 metres in height of demolition waste, imported and stockpiled.

Fuller told the officers he had not received the letters.

He admitted two counts of failing to comply with an enforcement notice and one of operating a regulated facility without being authorised.

Speaking after the case, county council officer Mike Adams said Fuller had refused to engage with the planners.