Jail term and six-figure fines for firms after illegal dumping case

In the courts
In the courts

Three men have been convicted for their part in the illegal dumping of waste in a quarry near Leighton Buzzard.

ReAGG Ltd leased Ledburn Quarry from CEMEX UK Operations Limited in 2006, using the base as a site to recycle aggregates.

The firm’s operations manager Clive Wells, company secretary Phillip Chave and driver Christopher Stuart Watts were found to have each had a part in the unlicensed disposal of waste at the site.

Watts, 49, of Kidshielhaugh Farm Cottages, Duns, was given a ten-month prison sentence, while Wells was ordered to pay £50,000 compensation and a contribution to Environment Agency costs of £20,000.

He was also disqualified from being a director for a period of five years.

Chave was fined £1,800 and ordered to pay a contribution to Environment Agency costs of £5,000.

Also in court was property developer Albany Homes International, which pleaded guilty for failing its duty of care as a waste producer and was fined £100,000. It also paid £200,000 in compensation to CEMEX.