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Illegal scrap vehicle firm prosecuted

The operator of an unlicensed scrapyard in Middlesbrough has been fined after he failed to clear scrap vehicles.

The Environment Agency (EA) brought a prosecution against Anthony Hanley, 34, of Marton Burn Road, Middlesbrough, after he continued to store scrap vehicles on a site without an environmental permit.

Hanley was warned against storing scrap vehicles at his business at King George Terrace, Cliffs Autos, by EA officers in August 2016.

They saw a sign that offered to buy vehicles ’dead or alive’, and that around 30 end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) were being stored.

Hanley appeared co-operative after he was told to clear the site. Return inspections in September and December revealed he had complied with the request.

But in April 2017, officers found more than 30 ELVs were again being stored. Some were leaking fluid on to the ground.

A prosecution was brought to Teesside magistrates court on 20 March. Hanley pleaded guilty to two charges of operating a scrapyard without a permit. He was fined £800 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000, along with a victim surcharge of £80.

Rachael Caldwell, EA enforcement team leader, said: “Hanley was given the opportunity to clear the vehicles of waste but, when we returned to check the site, it was full again.

“Environmental permits are needed for a reason: they ensure operators have the correct procedures and equipment in place to protect the environment.

“Not only do illegal sites impact on the environment but they undermine legitimate businesses. Every day our officers are out on the ground identifying illegal waste sites and taking the necessary action.”

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