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Guy Fawkes Night bonfire leads to fine for Chesterfield skip haulier

  • 04 June 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Chesterfield skip haulier Richard Fletcher (Metals) has been fined £16,000 for illegally disposing of waste by burning it.

In an Environment Agency (EA) prosecution, North East Derbyshire Dales Magistrates’ Court was told that on 5 November last year, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service was called out to a large fire at the firm’s premises in Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield.

Nadine Sime, prosecuting for the EA, told the court that investigating officers inspected the smouldering remains and found several types of burnt waste, including soil, metal, plastic, rubber, cardboard, rubble, and foam chairs.

In court, the firm admitted one charge of disposing of waste in a manner that was likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.

Representing the company, director Richard Fletcher said in mitigation that the waste had been burned by staff who did not know that doing so was against the law.

The company was also ordered to pay £3,097.73 in costs.

Fran Lowe, environment manager at the EA, said: “Fire service attendance to control such fires represents
a considerable cost to the public purse.

“We will not tolerate waste crime of this nature and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where necessary.”

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