A Newcastle man has been fined for illegally storing an estimated 1,500 waste tyres at a site in the city’s west end.
Paul John Fullen, 46, runs a second-hand tyre business, PJ Tyres, where he stored large quantities of waste tyres (below) at the site and in the surrounding industrial estate despite having no permit to do so.
In August last year, Fullen appeared in court and was told to clear the area within three months.
Environment Agency (EA) officers found he had failed to do so by that time and was continuing to store additional tyres until 7 August this year.
Fullen pleaded guilty to operating an illegal waste tyre storage facility when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.
He was given an additional three months to reduce the number of stored tyres to 200.
He was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,111, as well as a victim surcharge of £120.
EA officer Rachael Caldwell said: “Fullen stored significant numbers of waste tyres on his land and the surrounding industrial estate illegally, creating a fire hazard.
“We will be monitoring activities at the site to ensure he abides by the court order.”
Kevin Gardner, area manager for community safety with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The storage of large quantities of waste tyres in unsuitable premises poses a significant risk to members of the public in the event of fire.”