Brierley Hill waste firm boss loses court bid to leave jail

Brierley Hill waste firm boss loses court bid to leave jail

Brierley Hill waste firm boss loses court bid to leave jail

First published in Local

THE boss of a Brierley Hill waste firm has been told he will have to serve the remainder of his six-month prison sentence after a failed attempt to purge his contempt of court order.

At the High Court in Leicester on Thursday January 16, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave heard an application by Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) director Robert McNaughton who was campaigning to be released from prison – where he has been since December 23 for breaching undertakings given to the court about clearing the waste-filled Moor Street site.

The Environment Agency was in court to oppose the application which was dismissed – and Mr McNaughton was returned to jail to serve what’s left of his sentence which was activated after the company director failed a last chance to clear the eyesore site which has overshadowed people’s homes.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “When giving judgement Mr Justice Haddon-Cave concluded that Mr McNaughton had not taken adequate steps to clear the site and had not yet been sufficiently punished for his contempt of court. "

The ruling comes just days after the Agency received reports that waste bales had been removed from the front of the site – where, at its worst, the pile of rubbish towered at 40-feet.

The Environment Agency welcomed the removal of the bales as a “positive development” in the saga but a spokesman urged members of public with concerns about the site to call the Agency's incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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