Court or­der bans fires at scrap­yard

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

ACOURT or­der has banned the light­ing of fires at a Great Har­wood scrap­yard - and any breach could be pun­ished with two years in prison.

Pre­ston Crown Court granted a court or­der on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2 mak­ing it an of­fence for fires to be lit at the TH Smith site on Meadow Street.

Lan­cashire Po­lice say the con­tempt of court or­der re­places an ap­pli­ca­tion for a clo­sure no­tice at the site, and have hailed it as a ‘pos­i­tive step for­ward’ for peo­ple in Hyn­d­burn.

Po­lice say the or­der will last for six months and that any breach is pun­ish­able by up to two years in prison.

Of­fi­cers say a tem­po­rary con­tempt of court or­der had been in place since the start of Oc­to­ber and since then there have been no fires at the site.

Lan­cashire Po­lice have been work­ing along­side Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Hyn­d­burn Coun­cil and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency since they joined to­gether to form a task­force fol­low­ing re­ports of fires at the site.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We have al­ways said that it is un­ac­cept­able for mem­bers of the pub­lic to live side-by-side with crim­i­nal, an­ti­so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties that have such an im­pact on their lives.

“The or­der will last for six months and the con­se­quences for any fire be­ing de­lib­er­ately started at the site are now tougher than if a clo­sure or­der had been granted.

“Since Oc­to­ber when we had a tem­po­rary con­tempt of court or­der in place we have had no fires at the site and we hope this con­tin­ues.

“We hope to­day’s or­der re­as­sures mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity that we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to ad­dress their con­cerns.

“If fire light­ing does con­tinue at the site we will con­tinue to work as a part­ner­ship, and will use all the pow­ers avail­able to us to en­sure those re­spon­si­ble are dealt with ac­cord­ingly.

“To­day’s re­sult is a pos­i­tive step for­ward for the com­mu­nity of Hyn­d­burn, and we would like to thank them for their pa­tience and sup­port while we have been work­ing to reach this point.”

They added that they will con­tinue to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­ity at the site and said if any­one see smoke com­ing from it - other than the ex­empted date of Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 - they would urge them to con­tact 101.

FASH­ION NIGHT

THE Hyn­d­burn and Rossendale Branch of the NSPCC held a Fash­ion By FIZZ show at Ac­cring­ton and Rossendale Col­lege’s Roots Restau­rant on Sandy Lane, in Ac­cring­ton.

A raf­fle was held and £648 was raised.

The au­di­ence were treated to an Au­tumn clothes and ac­ces­sories show and were then able to try and buy.

Po­lice en­forc­ing a clo­sure or­der on the TH Smith site on Meadow Street in Great Har­wood.

Emily McNaught

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