THREE company bosses and a haulage contractor have been sentenced for their part in the illegal dumping and storing of dangerous chemical waste, some of it collected from companies in West Yorkshire.
The discovery of the waste dumped in roadside laybys across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Shropshire, prompted a nationwide investigation by the Environment Agency.
Preston Crown Court heard how this led to raids across Lancashire and the discovery of six illegal waste sites across Lancashire being operated by defendants.
At one site almost 100 chemical drums had been discarded which were filled with substances including acids, pharmaceutical vials and crushed tablets.
One container was discovered marked ‘Very water reactive – explosive on contact with water’ which was being stored under a leaking roof.
Some of the waste had been collected from companies in Bradford, Huddersfield, Milton Keynes and Preston.
Christian Garry Briely, 43, of Bolton, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for eight waste offences, while his wife Deborah Lynne Briely, 47, was sentenced to nine months suspended for 12 months with 120 hours’ unpaid work for three waste offences
Christopher Hill, 50, of Hartlepool, was sentenced to eight months in jail suspended for 12 months with 120 hours’ unpaid work for four waste offences.
Roger Martin Bamber, 50, from Lancashire, was sentenced to 120 hours’ unpaid work for eight waste offences.
The Environment Agency’s Mat Crocker said: “This sentence sends out the message that waste crime is a serious offence. Offenders can and will be sent to jail.”