A Brynteg man has been found guilty by Wrexham Magistrates of burning cable to recover metal despite being warned by Environmental Health Officers to stop. The successful prosecution was brought by Wrexham Council’s Public Protection Department
Mr John Wayne Clutton of Rockwood Road, did not appear in court and in his absence was fined £1,500 and was ordered to pay costs of £965 following the incidents last year.
The Council were alerted to noxious smells in the area and after investigation found Mr Clutton burning the cable at his property.
Mr Clutton ignored Officers formal warnings that this act was an offence under the Clean Air Act 1993 and officers decided enough was enough when they were called to the same property for a third time and decided a prosecution was the only way to stop the problem.
Burning cable can be harmful to the environment and it is an offence to burn the coating from cable and wire to recover the metal.
Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Public Protection, said:
“Congratulations must go to our officers for this successful prosecution. Not only is this type of behaviour harmful to the environment it is also anti social and our residents have a right to live free from this type of behaviour. The Council will not hesitate to take the same action in the future.”