A Stoke Ferry man was ordered to pay a total of £14,600 after admitting running an illegal waste site.

Kevin Gary Scott, 52, of Lynn Road, stored waste without a permit at Jubilee Farm, Southery Road, Feltwell, magistrates at King’s Lynn heard last Wednesday.

Miriam Tordoff, prosecuting on behalf of the Environment Agency, said it was a “flagrant disregard” of the law.

She said Scott was fully aware of the law and had previously operated a permitted site near Wisbech.

Mrs Tordoff said Scott had been given several opportunities to comply by either clearing the site or making it fit for the purpose for which he was using it.

The court heard waste vehicles were stored at the site and also metal, electrical equipment, uPVC window frames, lawn mowers and caravans.

Mrs Tordoff said on one visit,  officers also found evidence of a fire.

Scott cleared the waste vehicles this month.

The court heard he told officers he rented the land with the intention of starting a recycling centre for cars and plastics.

He said he believed the site already had a permit, but admitted he had not checked.

He was fined £10,600 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs after admitting operating the site between May 14, 2015 and November 15, 2016 without the correct authorisation.

After the hearing, Environment Agency officer Rachel Flanagan, said: “In this case the operator knew exactly what he should have in place on a vehicle dismantling site to comply with the law and protect the environment, but chose to undercut legitimate business and risk damaging the environment to save himself money. Cutting corners in this way does not pay.”