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Monday, 16 March 2015 (3063667)
Firm dumped 5,000 tonnes of waste by railway track
by Tom Martin

A WASTE management consultant has pleaded guilty to illegally dumping 5,000 tonnes of waste at a site in Seaforth.

Arthur Morgan, who worked at Blakeley's Waste Management Limited, has been accused of leaving the large pile of rubbish on land at Sandy Road, near the railway lines, without a valid environmental permit.

Morgan, who had previously stated his innocence in court during a trial in October 2014, changed his plea to guilty at Burnley Crown Court last week after a prosecution was brought by the Enivronmental Agency.

The court has now ordered pre-sentence reports and set the case down for sentencing on April, 20.

At the initial hearing in October 2014, Blakeley’s Waste Management Limited of Wigan pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste at Nook Works, Nook Lane, Oswaldtwistle without a valid environmental permit.

The Director of Blakeley’s at the time of the offence, Stephen Blakeley, also pleaded guilty, in relation to his position as Director.

The Environment Agency urges anyone affected by an environmental incident in their local area to report it to their 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60 so it can be investigated.


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