Farmer buried asbestos roof

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A MAN who buried 2.3 tonnes of hazardous asbestos in a bid to save disposal costs has been ordered to pay £10,000 in fines and legal costs.

Anthony Bealby, appearing at Worksop Magistrates’ Court, pleaded guilty to breaching environmental protection laws at Grange Farm, Lindrick Road, Woodsetts, near Dinnington.

Bealby, who now lives in Birstwith, Harrogate, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

Environment Agency solicitor Michael Robinson said asbestos roofing at Bealby’s farm was removed in 2009 and buried in a field. Bealby sold the land in June 2010.

Bealby admitted instructing two individuals to bury the asbestos for financial reasons, Mr Robinson said.

An officer said after the hearing: “The hazardous material was disposed of without any consideration for human health. He saved over £1,300 in disposal costs.”