HUGE piles of waste have been illegally dumped and burned at a disused plant nursery.
The Environment Agency is urging witnesses to come forward with information about the fly-tipping at Bordean Nursery, Langrish, near Petersfield, where the smell and smoke affected nearby residents.
An investigation was already under way following previous burning when more waste was dumped over the weekend of September 7.
The smoke produced by the fires was reported as being extremely unpleasant and caused a nuisance to nearby residents.
Ian Walton, senior environmental crime officer, said: ‘This location has been a problem to us for some time and it’s vital that we identify the criminals illegally dumping and burning the waste.
‘The individuals committing these acts are only interested in making money by any means.
‘They have absolutely no regard that the burning of waste is causing pollution to the environment and results in misery to residents that live nearby.’
Those responsible for running illegal waste sites can be fined up to £50,000 in magistrates’ courts and face unlimited fines in higher courts, as well as community punishment orders or prison sentences of up to five years.
Anyone with information can contact the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807060 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in confidence.
For information on how the Environment Agency is cracking down on waste crime, go to environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/waste.