Littleport Tyre Fire

19 October 2010, 10:20 | Updated: 19 October 2010, 10:30

The company that owns a tyre recycling facility in Littleport is to be prosecuted by the Environment Agency, after a large fire at the site last year.

On the afternoon of the 21st August last year, firefighters were called to Murfitts Industries on Wisbech Road in Littleport.

Crews discovered hundreds of tonnes of rubber on fire.

It caused a 200 feet high plume of smoke, which could be seen for several miles.

The fire then burnt until early October, with smoke continuing to pour from the site and towards homes and businesses in Littleport.

Now, the Environment Agency is accusing Murfitts Industries of "On or before 21 August 2009 on land at 195 Wisbech Road, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1RA, treating, keeping or disposing of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health."

A court hearing will take place next Tuesday (26th October) at Ely Magistrates' Court.