Asbestos dumped outside children’s dance school – Fly-tippers jailed
30 Mar 2017
(Image copyright Liverpool City Council )
Two fly-tippers who were filmed dumping waste including asbestos have each pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and were sentenced to prison for 32 weeks between them by Liverpool Magistrates Court.
Exposure to asbestos fibres and dust puts people at risk of developing asbestos related conditions including mesothelioma, a cancer of the pleura, the lining of the lung, lung cancer, pleural thickening, asbestosis and pleural plaques. According to the HSE approximately 5,000 people die from asbestos related conditions each year in the UK.
George Parry and David Smith ran a “man and van service” and were covertly filmed by the council and police dumping asbestos sheeting and bags of asbestos waste in April 2016 in an area used by young children putting them at risk of asbestos exposure.
George Parry was sent to prison for 20 weeks, banned from driving for 12 months and fined £580. David Smith was jailed for 12 weeks and fined £580. Their vehicle was seized and destroyed.
Steve Munby, cabinet member for waste services at Liverpool City Council, said fly-tipping had "a huge environmental and financial cost" and "must be fought tooth and nail".
Click here for the BBC’s article and video of the fly-tippers.
Paul Glanville of The Asbestos Law Partnership commented “Exposing children and other members of the public to asbestos is completely unacceptable. Those exposed to asbestos by these fly-tippers now have the risk that they may develop asbestos related conditions in the future including mesothelioma all to save money. It is vital that asbestos is always removed and disposed of following the correct procedures to ensure no-one is exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.”
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