A FATHER and son from North Yorkshire who admitted running their waste and skip hire business illegally have been fined £57,000.

John Melvyn Brown, 59, of Main Street, Flixton, near Scarborough, and 34-year-old James Brown, of Filey Road, Flixton, operated Murray Brown and Son from two sites in the village.

They were prosecuted by the Environment Agency after officers inspected the business and saw wood, a material the site was not permitted to accept, was being stored there.

They admitted five charges of running the business illegally and, as well as the fine, were ordered to pay £1,584.88 each in costs.