Recycling boss gets suspended sentence after two serious fires

A waste boss who has a previous conviction for waste offences has been given a suspended sentence for “reckless” practices that led to serious fires

The Marshgate fire burned for two months. Photograph: Environment AgencyThe director of a waste firm whose illegal actions led to one of the most high-profile fires in 2014 has narrowly avoided jail after pleading guilty to three environmental offences.

Lee Averies, director of Averies Recycling (Swindon) Ltd and Swindon Skips Ltd, was given three 12-month suspended prison sentences running concurrently at Swindon Crown Court on 27 October 2016.  

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