Two businessmen who said they were exporting cars but were dismantling them and storing parts without a permit have been ordered to pay £13,500 in fines and costs.
Scunthorpe court case
Ali Al-Ahmad of Rodmarton Street, west London, and Hassan Abdulrazak of Foxhills Road, Scunthorpe, operated a site on Wybeck Road, Scunthorpe, which did not have the necessary permit between 19 May 2014 and 12 October 2016.
The pair told officers from the Environment Agency that they were buying cars from local auctions and exporting them to the Middle East. However, site inspections revealed that vehicle cutting operations were taking place and that parts, engines, electrical wiring and batteries were being stored there.
The pair were told that the operations should stop, but further inspections showed that the advice had been ignored and that no application for a permit was made.
Grimsby Magistrates fined both men £3,500 and they were also ordered to pay a contribution towards the prosecution costs of £2,500.
Al-Ahmad was also given an additional fine of £1,500 for the illegal deposit of construction and demolition waste that was partly contaminated with asbestos on-site.
The magistrates also imposed an order requiring them to clear the site of waste within three months.
The court noted that neither defendant had any previous convictions and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.