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Waste wood firm director fined for obstructing EA

A director of a company that supplies waste wood for biomass and anaerobic digestion has been fined for failing to co-operate with an Environment Agency (EA) probe into illegal waste activities.

Craig Hands, a director of Warwickshire Wood Chip, was legally required to supply information requested by an investigating officer but repeatedly failed to do so.

Hands pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, and was fined £1,500, and ordered to pay £2,710 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

He was charged under section 110 (2) (b) of the Environment Act 1995 that he failed reasonable excuse to provide facilities or assistance to an authorised person.

EA crime team leader Phil Henderson said: “This case goes to show that you cannot ignore the law and the people whose job it is to enforce it. We will take action when people deliberately hold up our investigations and others should take note of this.”


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