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Skip firm owner banned for permit breaches

A skip company owner has been fined £20,000 and banned as a director for five years after admitting licence breaches.

Nicolas Scarsbrook, who was director of Stow Skips, Evesham, admitted three offences at Gloucester Crown Court. He was also ordered to pay £35,000 compensation and complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to store waste appropriately for the permit of the site at Westington Quarry, Chipping Campden, and two charges of operating without the necessary permit.

One of the charges refers to a second site that was operating without a licence where Environment Agency (EA) officers found 18 skips filled with mixed waste.

The company was evicted from Westington Quarry after the land owner received complaints about its condition and regained possession.

Large piles of wood were found and inert waste was stored on the ground outside, as well as piles of asbestos, loose tyres and containers of hazardous liquid waste outside the permitted area.

The EA, which brought the prosecution, said: “Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

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