Newcastle man fined £750 after starting an illegal bonfire with a bed headboard

A Newcastle man has been fined after pleading responsible to utilizing a bed headboard to assist begin a backyard waste blaze.

Environmental well being officers say they’re receiving rising calls to stories of smoke and flames – a few of which might have lethal penalties.

Newcastle City Council is now issuing a warning to households within the space amid the rising variety of bonfires.

On Thursday April 22 Andrew Brown, 56, of Grainger Park Road in Elswick pleaded responsible at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to disposing of waste in a method prone to trigger air pollution or hurt to human well being.

District choose Paul Currer heard that on October 14 2020 council officers had been patrolling the West End of Newcastle after they smelled smoke and noticed it coming from the grounds of a property on Grainger Park Road.

There they discovered Brown standing over an already lit fireplace, on which was a bed headboard, fabricated from handled wooden, which it’s illegal to burn as a result of poisonous chemical substances are produced which could be dangerous if inhaled.

Brown admitted on the scene he had began the fireplace which was predominantly made up of vegetation.

In mitigation solicitor Lewis Pearson mentioned that Brown had sought to burn his extra backyard waste – which is authorized – however had wanted one thing to get the fireplace began, and had pulled a headboard from a container in his yard that contained blended waste that was awaiting assortment by a waste contractor. He accepted that was the flawed factor to have achieved.

Brown, who the court docket heard was of restricted means, was fined £110, ordered to pay prices of £590, with a £70 sufferer surcharge.

Roy Harris, Newcastle City Council’s environmental safety supervisor, mentioned: “As a council we very a lot need everybody to be a good neighbour and to that finish discourage the burning of any waste.

“Think of how having a bonfire might have an effect on everybody else in your neighborhood, after which assume lengthy and exhausting about how harmful it could possibly be for others who, with the Covid-19 nonetheless very a lot with us, could also be affected by the results of a virus that impacts the chest and respiratory.

“Even if there wasn’t a pandemic, bonfires could be not solely detrimental to the well being of you and people round you however lethal.

“Just this week we responded to a fireplace, the smoke of which could possibly be seen from miles away, and located somebody burning a big pile of mattresses – That’s one thing that may launch cyanide, which is probably deadly if inhaled.”

In most instances burning waste is illegal – It is a legal offence to burn family garbage which is able to trigger air pollution or doable hurt to well being, any waste from business exercise, any waste from constructing or demolition works, or any waste that can trigger darkish or black smoke.

Peter Heath, deputy chief fireplace officer at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, mentioned: “Firefighters are more and more responding to backyard fires, typically ‘bonfires’ which have unfold to fences and different supplies or the place the fireplace comprises objects inflicting smoke hazardous to human well being.

“These fires are a important supply of air air pollution and the smoke can embrace toxic gases, akin to carbon monoxide and might simply unfold.

“Our recommendation may be very simple and clear – please don’t burn family waste, plastics, rubber or every other materials, which might trigger dangerous smoke.”

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