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A Gloucester businessman dumped 2.5 tonnes of rubbish in bins belonging to people living near his shop, a court has heard.

Phillipe Lassey of 120 Barton Street, was convicted for failing in his duty of care for controlled waste.

A prosecution held at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday November 28 heard how Lassey had instructed a vulnerable person to clear waste from the rear of the commercial premises by discarding it in fifteen 240 litre domestic bins and two 1100 litre communal bins.

The 240 litre bins were filled to the top inside 120 Barton Street and then replaced back on the highway just around the corner on All Saints Road, and the 1100 litre bins were filled and pushed back to the nearby sheltered housing from where they came.


The seriousness of the offence came to light when it was confirmed that 15 separate households on All Saints Road, and several sheltered housing tenants, were left with nowhere to store their domestic waste until the next collection day, ten days from when the incident took place.
urther investigations saw a weigh bridge used to measure the amount of material placed in the bins, and this found that the illegal waste amounted to approximately 2.5 tonnes.


Man guilty of dumping 2.5 tonnes of rubbish in other people's bins
By Jenni Phillips  |  Posted: December 11, 2016

   
A Gloucester businessman dumped 2.5 tonnes of rubbish in bins belonging to people living near his shop, a court has heard.

Phillipe Lassey of 120 Barton Street, was convicted for failing in his duty of care for controlled waste.

A prosecution held at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday November 28 heard how Lassey had instructed a vulnerable person to clear waste from the rear of the commercial premises by discarding it in fifteen 240 litre domestic bins and two 1100 litre communal bins.

The 240 litre bins were filled to the top inside 120 Barton Street and then replaced back on the highway just around the corner on All Saints Road, and the 1100 litre bins were filled and pushed back to the nearby sheltered housing from where they came.


The seriousness of the offence came to light when it was confirmed that 15 separate households on All Saints Road, and several sheltered housing tenants, were left with nowhere to store their domestic waste until the next collection day, ten days from when the incident took place.
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Further investigations saw a weigh bridge used to measure the amount of material placed in the bins, and this found that the illegal waste amounted to approximately 2.5 tonnes.
 

Gloucester City Councillor Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment said, "The city council takes incidents like this very seriously and we'll always prosecute where we can. This offence took place in broad daylight and if it wasn't for an off duty council officer witnessing the incident whilst driving past the premises it may well have been overlooked.

"If you know of anyone who isn't getting rid of their waste properly please let us know by emailing heretohelp@gloucester.gov.uk or by calling 01452 396396."

When initially challenged on the matter of illegally disposing of business waste, Mr Lassey had been dismissive of his actions, but in court on November 28 he entered a guilty plea.

In court the magistrates made it clear to Mr Lassey that the maximum penalty for this offence was £5,000, but taking into consideration his early guilty plea, the fact he has no previous convictions and his somewhat limited means, he was sentenced to a reduced the fine from £1000 to £750.

Additionally Mr Lassey was ordered to pay £776.70 for officer costs, £450 for legal costs and a £75 victim surcharge, totalling £2051.70.

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Hi

About time

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Paul Harries

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