Manchester man jailed after dumping hazardous waste on Special School

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The waste became infected with insects, posing a serious risk to pupils. Photo credit: EA

A Manchester man has been jailed for 12 months for illegally dumping 100 tonnes of pungent waste on the site of The Kingfisher Special School in Oldham.

The school was left with a £22,197 clean-up bill after Francis Anthony Heaton dumped processed household waste on the school’s car park.

This is the equivalent of a teaching assistant’s annual salary or the school’s annual budget for its learning resources.

Pupils, including those with life limiting conditions, were unable to use the outdoor education facilities due to an insect infestation in the waste.

Heaton had been previously fined in April 2018 for driving a vehicle without the correct driving licence, no insurance or a valid MOT certificate.

He was given licence penalty points and his vehicle was seized and crushed by Greater Manchester Police after no owner made a claim for it.

Mark Easedale, area environment manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Heaton put the welfare of the pupils at risk and disrupted their education. This case is particularly disturbing as the Kingfisher Special School were made to pay to clear the waste.”


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