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Prison threat for illegal scrapyard operator

A Bristol man has been given a suspended prison sentence for running an illegal scrapyard in a disused factory

Christopher Farthing of Earnest Baker Close, Bristol, was given a three-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £13,000 costs.

He was found guilty of two offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, including operating a regulated facility without a permit.

In July 2007, EA officers discovered Farthing was stripping vehicles for their parts without a waste management licence.

He was told to either stop trading or apply for a waste management licence. But when officers returned to the site in October 2009, he was still trading and did not hold a licence or permit.

Officers estimated there were more than 50 end-of-life vehicles stored on the site, some partially dismantled.

An EA spokesman said: “Scrapyards need to be permitted to safeguard human health and the environment. We advised the defendant to obtain an environmental permit on a number of occasions, but he chose to ignore this advice and continued to trade illegally.

“We were left with no alternative other than to prosecute.”

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