Developer fined for role in fly tipping incident

Former salmon factory on the corner of Sandstell and Dock Road, Spittal

Former salmon factory on the corner of Sandstell and Dock Road, Spittal

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A court has heard how waste containing asbestos was cleared out of a former salmon fisheries building in Spittal and dumped near Ancroft.

The fly-tipping of asbestos slate, polystyrene and wood took place on a bridleway off the B6525/B6354 in November 2012 and cost over £1,100 to clear up because a specialist firm from Middlesbrough had to be called in.

Berwick magistrates were told the waste had come from the old salmon factory on the corner of Dock Road and Sandstell Road.

C & V Developments, which owns the building, pleaded guilty to two ‘duty of care’ offences under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined £514.

The Amble-based firm, represented in court by director Colin Gilholm, was also ordered to pay £115 costs and given a 12 month conditional discharge.

However, magistrates heard that C & V Developments had rented the building out to scrap merchant Lee Crangle to clear it out.

He paid Martin Riley, 23, of Highcliffe, to remove the waste. Riley in turn paid Paul Rutherford, 19, of Sunnyside, to help him with the task and they dumped it. The pair admitted fly tipping and were both fined a total of £1,108.

Riley was given a suspended 18 week prison sentence and ordered to undertake 100 hours unpaid work to run consecutively with a 200 hour order issues by Duns Sheriff Court last month.

Rutherford was handed a suspended 12 week jail term.

No charges were brought against Mr Crangle.

A letter on behalf of C & V Developments said the company did not knowingly take part in any fly tipping and only played the smallest part, as site owners, in the incident.

The case followed an investigation by environmental officers at Northumberland County Council and Lothian and Borders Police into eight fly tipping incidents on both sides of the border, all of which were traced back to the Spittal warehouse.

Lisa Bishop, prosecuting for the council, said: “This has been an extensive investigation which has taken some time to get to court.

“It was an eyesore which, in a county like Northumberland, we simply could not allow to happen.”

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