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Vehicle breaker business owner hit with order to pay £31,000 over waste offences

A Conwy man has been ordered to pay £31,690 after pleading guilty to three waste charges involving disposing of waste material without the correct permit.

The investigation into Graham Percival, who owns a vehicle breaker business near Dolgellau, was launched by Natural Resources Wales enforcement officers following reports of alleged waste offences from the community.

Enforcement officers found that Mr Percival had collected waste materials from paying customers without protecting the environment and that he did not have the correct permit to do so legally.

He pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on 18 May to two charges of operating a regulated facility without an environmental permit and one charge of failing to comply with a notice.

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Mr Percival was handed a 12-month community order with 250 hours of unpaid work for operating regulated facilities without an environmental permit.

The Judge also ordered him to pay a £20,000 fine for failing to provide information after being served with a notice of offence and a £190 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay £11,500 to NRW for the cost of the investigation and prosecution.

Euros Jones, NRW Operations Manager for Northwest Wales, said: "Waste crime is a serious problem costing businesses, landowners and taxpayers millions of pounds every year and causing significant harm to the environment, human health and wildlife."

Mr Jones added: "It is a criminal offence to collect, carry, store or break vehicles without an environmental permit. Removing batteries, wheels or catalytic converters still count as breaking.

"If we find evidence that a vehicle breaking business is operating without the proper permit which protects the environment, we will not hesitate to investigate and take the appropriate enforcement action."

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