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Trial starts over fire-hit recycling site

A prosecution has started of a plastics recycling company hit by a devastating fire two years ago.

Hanbury Plastics Recycling, and two other defendants Richard Devine and Michael Charles, face charges brought by the Environment Agency (EA) at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

All three defendants were charged with conducting/causing/knowingly permitting activity in contravention of an environmental permit at the Redhills Road site in 2016, and with keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.

The case was adjourned until 8 April at the request of the prosecution, the justice centre said.

An EA spokesperson declined to comment as court proceedings are live.

Emergency services were called to Hanbury’s site in February 2017 to tackle the blaze.


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