It’s no hor­ror show

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AN AUC­TION house have called a prank by the street artist Banksy that par­tially shred a paint­ing just af­ter it was sold a “coup on the art world”. Girl With Bal­loon sold for £1.04mil­lion. It has now been cer­ti­fied by Pest Con­trol, Banksy’s au­then­ti­ca­tion body, and has been given the new ti­tle Love Is In The Bin. THE boss of the Scots firm at the cen­tre of the clin­i­cal waste scan­dal yes­ter­day de­nied his com­pany was a “hor­ror story”.

Garry Pet­ti­grew, chief of Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, said his firm had been “vil­i­fied for pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent ser­vice”.

He blamed a drop in in­cin­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity for the need to store tons of clin­i­cal waste – in­clud­ing body parts.

The La­nark­shire firm have been stripped of NHS con­tracts af­ter waste piled up at their sites, although HES will re­tain their Scots NHS con­tracts.

An En­vi­ron­ment Agency spokesman said: “HES have sig­nif­i­cantly and re­peat­edly breached their en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits by stor­ing ex­cess waste at a num­ber of their sites.

“We have taken a range of ac­tion with the com­pany but they have con­tin­ued to BY VIVI­ENNE AITKEN op­er­ate un­law­fully. As a re­sult, in ad­di­tion to our en­force­ment ac­tiv­ity, we have launched a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency also said they is­sued en­force­ment no­tices at sites in Dundee and Shotts last month.

Pet­ti­grew de­nied sug­ges­tions HES had mis­man­aged ser­vices.

He told the BBC: “We have ba­si­cally got to the point of where we are to­day where the lack of in­cin­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity was just get­ting worse.

“We have been a suc­cess story up un­til last week and all of a sud­den now every­one sees this as be­ing a hor­ror story.

“We feel it’s a hor­ror story but purely be­cause in re­al­ity we’ve told the truth and, at the mo­ment, we don’t feel the news is get­ting out there in the way we’d like it to.”

SHREDDY TO GO Girl With A Bal­loon drops through frame. Pic: Tony Ker­shaw/

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