Fined for burning rubbish

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A DEMOLITION company has been fined £5,000 over an illegal waste fire.

Pallion-based Nor-Dem admitted a charge of disposing of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.

It was also ordered to pay costs of £865.08 and a £15 victim surcharge at a hearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard how environmental improvement officers were on patrol in the St Hilda’s area of Middlesbough on June 3 last year when their attention was caught by a plume of thick black smoke.

They traced it to two rubbish fires on a nearby demolition site where they interviewed a Nor-Dem site foreman who told an excavator vehicle driver to put the flames out by dropping rubble on them.

Nor-Dem bosses later said they had not given permission for waste to be burned at the site and it was not known who had started the fire.

In mitigation, solicitor Judith Mackenow said Nor-Dem was of previous good character and set out the improvements made to existing company procedures since the incident.

It was noted that the company also now keeps training records and that a guilty plea had been entered.