THE boss of a tyre firm has narrowly escaped jail after running an illegal tyre dump.
Brian Wade, of Southern Rubber Products, dumped 780 tons of tyres on land in Claybank Road, Portsmouth, where he used to run his tyre business from.
He was taken to court by the Environment Agency and on Monday pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates Court to running an unpermitted waste facility for two years.
The court heard Southern Rubber Products Ltd collected, stored, treated and exported waste tyres without the permit needed from Environment Agency.
The tyres were left behind when Wade’s firm left the premises and the landlord had to fork out £25,000 to clear the land.
Wade was interviewed by the Environment Agency and claimed there were issues in getting rid of the tyres, that the landlord wanted him off the premises and that he had suffered health problems.
Kirsty Mayo of the Environment Agency said Wade had ‘no excuse’ adding: ‘The net is closing in on people who think they can make easy money undercutting legitimate waste businesses by putting the local environment at risk.’
Magistrates sentenced Wade to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, a £10,000 fine and a curfew order to remain indoors between 7pm and 6am.
He must also pay £3,511 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.