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Skip hire owner found guilty of operating illegal waste site

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In December 2023, Daniel Lawrence was found guilty before Maidstone Magistrates’ of running an illegal waste site in Ash, Kent. Mr Lawrence was the sole director of Lawrence Grab & Skip Hire Limited. His company hired adjoining plots on trading estate in Ash.

The owners of the trading estate became concerned about the company’s activities, resulting in the company’s eviction from the premises. The EA became involved in an investigation as part of the eviction, resulting in the prosecution of the company and its sole director.

Mr Lawrence was fined £1,733, ordered to pay costs of £7,435, a victim surcharge of £173 and told to pay compensation to the owners of the Trading Estate in the amount of £10,850. Mr Lawrence was also disqualified from being a company director for five years.

The offence was committed with the consent or connivance of Daniel Lee Lawrence, the company director, contrary to Regulations 12(1), 38(1)(a) and 41(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016.

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