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Cumbria attempts to claim £3.2 million refund from CAW

A claim for £3.2 million has been made against waste managers CAW by Cumbria County Council for fraudulent overcharging between April 2002 and December 2006. CAW had run seven of the councils domestic waste sites until January 15 2007 when its contracts were terminated forcing the sites to close for three days. CAW contracts were stopped following notification from the police and trading standards on January 4 that there was an investigation into CAWs provision of services. The High Court writ issued by the council claimed that data for tonnages of waste has been deliberately falsified by CAW in order to claim more money from Cumbria, and that the data for vehicle visits had been deliberately falsified by CAW in order to give apparent support to that supposed increase in weight of waste delivered. On December 4 2006 Cumbria police arrested seven CAW employees and seized records. However, no one has been charged so far. A spokesman for the council said he was be unable to comment on the councils civil action as the matter is the subject of an ongoing police investigation. Following termination of all CAWs contracts Cumbria Waste Management (CWM), which already runs other sites for the council, took over the sites. This included tips at Ambleside, Barrow, Grange-over-Sands, Kirkby Stephen, Millom, Kendal and Ulverston. The claim is for a refund of alleged excessive charges, interests and costs and the writ names CAW, its directors and contracts manager. MRW contacted CAW but no one was available to comment. Image: CAW collected domestic waste including fridges, freezers and televisions for Cumbria County Council

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