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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

The West Country's wonderful countryside

These pictures were taken last night by two of the ITV News West Country team out and about in Somerset.

Backwell Lake
Swans and geese enjoy the evening sun at Backwell Lake in North Somerset Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
Backwell Lake
Bullrushes around Backwell Lake provide a shady spot for a bit of bird watching Credit: ITV News West Country
Vernham Woods, Englishcombe
The view to Vernham Woods and beyond to Englishcombe near Bath Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart
Scottish thistles
A few thistles growing along the Wansdyke ancient monument in Bath in tribute to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart

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Thousands of Wiltshire homes lose 999 service

Thousands of people in Wiltshire are unable to reach the emergency services through their home phones owing to a fault with the 999 service. More than 4,500 properties in and around Calne are currently affected.

Wiltshire Police say British Telecom is investigating the fault. In the meantime, they're advising people in the area to use mobile phones if they have to ring the emergency services.

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