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Waste plant previously fined for safety breaches

The Environment Agency has issued a statement about Averies Recycling Plant in Swindon, where 100 tonnes of waste caught fire on Monday 21 July.

Staff have inspected Averies Waste Site on several occasions this year as part of our routine regulation of permitted waste sites. We have raised concerns about fire risks and have visited the site with the fire service. We have taken prosecution action against the site in the last year, with a £73,000 fine issued as a result.

A number of improvement conditions were placed on the site requiring changes in site infrastructure and management to meet the permit conditions.

An embankment has built along the edge of the site, this is preventing contaminated fire water entering the River Cole.

Our officers remain on the site today, advising and working with the fire service.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Safety breaches at Swindon waste plant firm

The Health & Safety Executive has confirmed that there were 32 breaches of regulations at Averies Recycling in Swindon, prior to a fire that broke out on Monday 21 July.

Crews are still at the scene, three days on

Firefighter cooling a huge pile of burning waste at Averies Recycling, Swindon
Smoke is still issuing from the giant pile of waste at a Swindon recycling plant, three days after a fire Credit: ITV News/Robert Murphy


Firefighters to remain at Swindon fire for several days

Averies Recycling Centre
The fire at Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate has been burning since Monday afternoon. Credit: ITV News West Country

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of a fire in Swindon for the next few days after a thousand tonnes of rubbish caught alight.

Six crews were called to Averies Recycling Centre just before six yesterday evening.

Smoke is continuing to rise from the site, which is being monitored by Public Health England and the Environment Agency. They say there is no impact on public health but residents are being advised to keep their windows shut, especially if they suffer from breathing problems.

There have been a number of large-scale mixed waste fires during recent months which have led to Air Quality Cells being established because of the duration and potential impact on public health.

Today’s monitoring shows brief spikes in levels of particulate matter but, overall, levels are below the point at which they may impact public health.

Our analysis of other pollutants has not identified any potential for an impact on public health. We continue to advise that people in the affected areas should minimise their exposure to the smoke where possible.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Fire at recycling plant during FBU strike

A large fire has broken out at a recycling centre in Wiltshire tonight during a walk out by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

The blaze at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate in Swindon started during this evenings 2 hours of industrial action over pensions. Six resilience crews were called in to cover for the firefighters involved in the strike.

A thousand tonnes of rubbish is on fire, and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue says it could continue to burn until the end of the week. People are being warned to keep doors and windows shut, especially if they have breathing problems.

Fire at Swindon recycling plant

Fire at recycling plant in Swindon
Credit: Gary Lawrence

A fire has broken out at a recycling plant in Swindon. Five fire crews were called to attend the fire at Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate at around 5:50pm.

1,000 tonnes of rubbish are on fire, along with several pieces of machinery.

Large amounts of black smoke are coming from the recycling plant, and local residents are being advised to keep their windows and doors closed.


Fraudster made to pay back his ill-gotten gains

Convicted fraudster Nigel Lelliott has been forced to pay money to his victim as compensation. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A Swindon man jailed for fraud totalling more than £100,000 has been forced to pay some of the money back. 48-year old Nigel Lelliott was jailed for 4 years in December 2013 for five counts of fraud against a disabled teenager.

Lelliott befriended the teenager, who had been awarded a significant amount of compensation after a road traffic collision as a child, and convinced the victim to part with large sums of cash.

He's been ordered to sell or release his assets at a Confiscation Hearing at Gloucester Crown Court last week.

During the investigation, Wiltshire Police seized numerous pieces of artwork, jewellery and other possessions belonging to Lelliott, thought to have been bought with the stolen money.

They will now be sent to auction in an effort to raise funds to help satisfy the Confiscation Order made by the Court. All funds recovered will be paid to the victim as compensation.

Swindon doctors say donated organs are being lost because family refuse permission

Great Western Hospital, Swindon Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It's National Transplant Week and doctors at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon are asking people on the organ donor register to make sure they tell their loved ones.

They say a large number of organs are lost because families refuse permission as they aren't aware of the decision. There are around 60 people waiting for transplants in the Swindon area.

Swindon man charged with murder of barman

A 28-year-old man from Swindon has been charged with murder and of attempted murder.

It follows the stabbing of 60-year-old barman Tom Rogers on Thursday 26 June on the cycle path near the town's railway station and also an attack on a 24-year-old woman in the same area on Thursday 8 May.

I have authorised Wiltshire Police to charge Jason Voong 28, from Swindon, with the attempted murder of Leanne James, 24, from Swindon on Thursday 8 May 2014 and the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers, 60, from Swindon on Thursday 26 June 2014.

It is alleged that Miss James and Mr Rogers were both attacked on the pathway that leads from Station Road to the Rodbourne Area, near to the footpath to the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon between 22.20 and 23.40 but on different dates.

– Anton Allera, Crown Prosecution Service

Jason Voong has been remanded in custody and will appear at Chippenham Magistrates Court on Thursday 3 July 2014.

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