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Illegal scrap merchants told to repay £289,000

A father and son who ran an illegal scrap metal operation have been told to repay £289,000 of their ill-gotten gains within three months or face lengthy jail sentences.

George Jones, 60, and Nenning Jones, 36, had previously been convicted for a series of permit violations at three sites at Carew Airfield in Pembrokeshire.

Two companies were set up to process end-of-life vehicles at the sites. Enviroventure, of which Nenning Jones was the sole director, was put into liquidation in 2011 after an investigation by officers revealed the serious offences.

GJF Recycling, of which George Jones’ then partner Jennifer Frearson was the sole director, subsequently took over the site, and it continued to accept scrap even though neither her nor the company held an environmental permit or exemptions. 

A prosecution was taken forward by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). In 2014, Nenning Jones was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 160 hours’ unpaid work, Frearson a 12-month community order with 50 hours’ unpaid work and George Jones received a 24-month community order with 260 hours’ unpaid work.

NRW then launched a Proceeds of Crime Act (Poca) order against the trio.

GJF Recycling is estimated to have made around £1.6m from scrap metal sales while not holding the correct permit or exemption. Enviroventure made around £660,000 while trading illegally.

At a hearing at Swansea Crown Court that concluded on 24 May, George Jones was ruled to have benefited by more than £907,000 through his criminal actions. He was ordered to pay £208,000 within three months or face 30 months in prison.

Nenning Jones was found to have benefitted by more than £154,000. He was told to pay £81,287.73 within three months or face 18 months in prison.

Jennifer Frearson was found to have benefited by more than £113,000, and was told to pay £544.81.

According to Enviroventure’s liquidator, the freehold to land owned by the business was sold in August 2012 to a separate company, Enviroventure Waste Solutions, for £76,500.

Nenning Jones is currently director of Airfields Metals, a scrap metal firm set up in Carew in 2015.

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