‘Wholly ill trained’ waste operators’ failings led to months-long fire

A couple whose repeated failure to abide by Environment Agency instructions led to a months-long fire in the mountain of waste they left near a Yorkshire town have been handed community sentences.

Stewart Wagstaff was sentenced to four months imprisonment (suspended for 18 months) and 160 hours of unpaid work at Leeds Crown Court on Friday. His wife Janice has handed 120 hours of unpaid work. Both admitted that their now-liquidated company, Wagstaff Total Waste Management, kept controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health, contrary to sections 33(1)(c), 33(6) and 157(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and that as directors consented or connived in the offence.

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