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Director fined over construction waste

A building firm director who illegally stored waste at a site and then abandoned it has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 in fines, costs and compensation.

John James Armstrong, of Winlaton Mill, Gateshead, admitted operating a waste site without a permit when he appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates on 7 April.

Armstrong was director of Canterhall Builders, a construction company which dissolved on 23 May 2016.

Prosecuting on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA), Simon Crowder said in April 2016 the site was covered in construction waste. Canterhall was a tenant but had abandoned the site earlier in the month.

In May, the landowner cleared the site and incurred a total cost of £7,000.

Crowder said Armstrong had no previous convictions and was co-operative during the investigation.

Armstong was fined £1,000, ordered to pay compensation of £7,069.49 to the landowner to cover the amount paid to clear the site, and £1,591.26 costs.

The sentence follows an EA warning to landowners about criminals looking to profit by dumping waste illegally on their land.

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