A scrap metal dealer who set a huge bonfire of waste in the garden of his home has been sentenced to four month’s imprisonment suspended for 12 months.
Daniel O’Donnell of Bowland Place, Ribbleton, Preston, was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £550 costs after pleading guilty to two environmental offences and three offences of selling scrap metal without a licence in a hearing at Preston Magistrates’ Court.
Preston City Council launched an investigation into the activities of waste disposal business - DD Removals - following reports O’Donnell was burning waste in his garden.
Attending the property on the 5 February, an officer found evidence of large scale burning with a lit bonfire blazing away.
Prosecuting, Jorge Carrera said the garden was littered with mattresses and general waste.
The remains of carpeting, furniture, a mattress and laminated wood could be still be seen on the fire, while a large plume of dark smoke was rising towards nearby properties.
O’Donnell admitted burning waste in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm to human health, and failure to produce waste transfer notes.
Steve Green, Incident Intelligence Officer for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “The burning of commercial waste is unacceptable as, apart from the environmental hazard, the inconvenience to residents and the danger of fire spreading, it also results in fire engines being committed to fires that are unnecessary and which have been lit without any thought to others.”