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Director to pay back more than £300,000

A company director has been ordered to pay more than £300,000 in compensation to the owner of land on which he dumped waste.

At Newport Crown Court, Christopher Baylis, 55, was told to pay back £319,114 to landowner Pontypool Park Estate under the Proceeds of Crime Act within three months or go to prison for three years.

Baylis originally faced seven charges relating to running a waste transfer facility at the Polo Grounds Industrial Estate in New Inn, Pontypool, between January and December 2014.

Local media reports said the landowner had to remove 5,000 tonnes of rubbish. 

At Cardiff Crown Court in February 2016, Baylis pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly permitting the operation of a regulated waste facility on behalf of Refac.

He also admitted five other charges as a director of Refac or Thorncroft Steel. He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for a period of two years. He was also disqualified as a director for five years.

Jon Goldsworthy from Natural Resources Wales said: “We hope the outcome of this case will send out a positive message to those in the waste industry that Natural Resources Wales will not tolerate those who seek to profit by breaking the law, harming local communities or damaging the environment.

“The motivation behind the crime was financial – and by not having the necessary permissions and infrastructure to protect the environment, Mr Baylis undercut legitimate permitted sites.

“Disposing of waste illegally can harm the environment and undermines businesses that invest in the required measures, so it is essential that we take action in such cases to protect people and the environment, as well as safeguarding the market place for legitimate operators.”

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