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'Naive' scrap operator fined over illegal site

A businessman has been fined for operating a vehicle scrap yard without a permit in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency (EA).

Ronald Grieveson, of Newcastle, admitted illegally storing and treating waste vehicles and parts without a permit. He was fined £3,628 and ordered to pay costs of £3,273.58 and a victim surcharge of £362.

Newcastle magistrates were told that Grieveson, 23, had been operating an illegal waste site at Unit C, Grieveson Industrial Estate, Byker, without an environmental permit.

EA officers visited the site and saw oil seeping from loose car engines on to the concrete and into a sewer system nearby. Grieveson was told to stop the illegal activities.

After a second visit, Grieveson was issued with a legal notice warning him to stop all illegal activity on-site and to remove all waste by 16 January 2017. When the officers returned six weeks later, they found little had changed.

The court was told that Grieveson realised he had been naïve and thought he could operate legally with just a waste carrier’s licence. He produced photographs to show the site was now cleared of waste.

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