Former Ilfracombe mayor admits waste offences

A former mayor of Ilfracombe has been ordered to pay £13,000 after pleading guilty to five charges at Exeter Crown Court relating to waste offences.

The prosecution of Paul Crabb, who runs a construction and groundworks firm in the town, was brought by the Environment Agency.

He was found not guilty of two other offences.

Crabb, of Claremont House, Lawn Place, was fined £3,015 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs.

The agency said it brought the offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007.

The charges he admitted included: Depositing and keeping controlled waste without an environmental permit, failing to produce waste transfer notes and failing his duty of care as a transporter of waste.

After the case, the haulage boss, who is also a North Devon district councillor, said the guilty pleas for three charges were in reference to one load of brick, and one plea was over a single trailer of waste.

He said his last guilty plea was in reference to permits for 95 loads of demolition waste for which a driver had not included European waste codes.

He was found not guilty of one charge of breaking regulations 12 and 38 of Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 over the requirement for an environmental permit.

He was also found not guilty of a charge of failing to comply with requirements to furnish documentation.

Correction 15 September 2010. This story was amended to take into account further information provided by Paul Crabb and Exeter Crown Court.

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