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News round-up 4/11

Croydon scrap metal dealer jailed; Peel Environmental and BWV team up; Veolia invests in cyclist safety; Fireworks in recycling bin warning

Croydon scrap metal dealer jailed

A scrap metal dealer who bought plaques stolen from cemeteries and cut them up in an attempt to disguise their source has been jailed for 15 months.

The Croydon Guardian reports that police found hundreds of plaques when they raided Joseph Colliers’ yard in Croydon, as well as two stolen statues.

Collier denied knowing that the plaques were stolen or having any knowledge of them being broken up. But CCTV footage showed him overseeing the process of breaking them up.

Croydon Guardian

Peel Environmental and BWV team up

Peel Environmental has signed a memorandum of Uunderstanding with Babcock & Wilcox Volund (BWV) to progress the Ince Resource Recovery Park in Cheshire.

The deal will see Peel and BVW work together to pursue the development, construction and operation of the energy from waste plant.

Jane Gaston, development manager at Peel Environmental said: “We are delighted to be working with BWV to take Ince Park forward. The site is already consented and with a delivery partner on board, we are targeting having an operational facility by 2019.

Press Release

Veolia invests in cyclist safety

Veolia is to spend £1m on improving cycling safety by fitting audible and visual nearside warnings on all its 3,125 vehicles of 3.5 tonnes and above, and providing in cab and on-bike cycle training for all its drivers.

Since 2013, the company has been fitting audible warnings to tell cyclists when a vehicle is turning left, combined with cautionary cyclist nearside warning signs on all 18 tonne vehicles. The scheme is now being extended to all vehicles of 3.5 tonnes and above commencing in London. Other regions will follow.

John Matthews, Veolia’s fleet director said: “We believe there will be enforcement of a minimum cyclist standard for fleet operators in London in due course and these measures reflect the need to promote safety in a demanding operating environment.”

Press Release

Fireworks in recycling bin warning

Firefighters in Shropshire say a family were lucky their house did not catch fire after fireworks were put into a recycling bin after a party. reports that crews arrived at the property in Telford within ten minutes and found the recycling bin, which was up against the side of the house, on fire.

Andy Johnson, area manager at Shropshire Fire and Rescue said: “Whilst fireworks may feel cold to the touch on the outside, they may still be smouldering inside.”

The advice from the fire service is for spent fireworks to be left overnight in a bucket of water before disposing of them the following day.


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