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£8,800 fine for illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire

A man has been fined £8,800 for operating two illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire.

Sam Phelps, who ran ‘XP Wood Recycling’, pleaded guilty to two charges of deliberately operating illegal waste sites, which were a risk to the environment and a nuisance to the local community. Mr. Phelps was fined £400 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £8,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates court yesterday (7 March 2016).

While on a site visit, an Environment Agency officer found a pile of shredded waste wood estimated to be at least four times the authorised amount. The nearby Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was at risk of pollution from the water run-off from this site.

“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

– Environment Agency
An illegal waste site at Pilning, estimated to be 2500-3000 tonnes Credit: Environment Agency

Latest on trial of Bristol comedian Justin Lee Collins

A court has been hearing how Bristol born comedian Justin Lee Collins began a "campaign of abuse" against a former girlfriend.

Justin Lee Collins arriving at court in St Albans Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The prosecution claims that Mr Collins, seen here at an earlier hearing and who denies causing fear of violence, kept notes of Anna Larke's past relationships, had hit her in the face and pulled her hair.

The prosecution claims that Mr Collins, seen here at an earlier hearing and who denies causing fear of violence, kept notes of Anna Larke's past relationships, had hit her in the face and pulled her hair. The trial continues

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Right-to-die case continues at High Court

Tony Nicklinson wants a doctor to end his life without fear of prosecution Credit: ITV West

The case of a Wiltshire man who is fighting for the right to die is set to continue today (Weds). Tony Nicklinson from Melksham has been paralysed since he had a stroke eight years ago. He wants a doctor to be allowed to lawfully end his life.

His family have been attending the hearing at the High Court in London. It's expected to last till Friday.

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Judges hear Tony Nicklinson's plea to be helped to die

A man from Wiltshire has taken his fight for the right to die to the High Court. Tony Nicklinson, from Melksham, is paralysed with so-called 'locked-in syndrome'.

In an email to judges he said if a doctor is NOT allowed to help him take his own life, he'll be condemned to a world of increasing misery. His wife said whatever happens, there can be no happy ending. Bob Constantine reports.

Right to Die case goes to High Court

Three High Court judges are to hear the case of a severely disabled man from Wiltshire who wants the right to die with help.

Tony Nicklinson has round-the-clock care from his wife Jane Credit: ITV West

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham has been paralysed since he had a stroke eight years ago. Mr Nicklinson wants a doctor to be allowed to lawfully end his life. The hearing in London is expected to last four days.

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Spy death inquest: senior detective to give evidence

A senior detective is due to give evidence at the inquest into the death of an MI6 spy. Gareth Williams was due to move back to GCHQ in Cheltenham from a secondment when his body was found in a bag at his London flat in August 2010. The hearing is expected to last four days.

The body of Gareth Williams was found locked in a sports bag Credit: ITV West

Inquest into death of 16 year old girl

Diana Moore was an inpatient at Frenchay Hospital when she died Credit: ITV West

An inquest into the death of a 16 year old girl who died at Frenchay Hospital in 2006 begins today. Diana Moore's family claim a number of chances to diagnose the disease that killed her were missed. They say they just want to find out the truth about what happened to her.

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