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Brierley Hill waste pile boss jailed for contempt

The director of a West Midlands waste company has been jailed for repeatedly failing to clear a 42ft (13m) tall pile of rubbish.

Refuse Derived Fuel Ltd (RDF) in Brierley Hill, Dudley, had been subject to six legal hearings, going back to 3 May 2012, to get the heap cleared.

Robert McNaughton got a six-month suspended sentence in June, before the sentence was made custodial earlier.

He said RDF could not afford to move the waste, which is burned for fuel.

Robert McNaughton
Robert McNaughton was found in contempt of court for breaching an injunction

Speaking before the hearing McNaughton, from Halesowen, West Midlands, said: "I am liable and I intend to get [the heap] removed.

"If the judge decides to take my liberty, I will have to go and serve my punishment.

"If he doesn't take away my liberty I will carry on trying to move [the heap], with my best endeavours."

Residents living close to the site have spoken about the blight the rubbish mound has had on their lives.

Maureen Clarke said: "This is the view we wake up to each day. It's horrendous."

Jeff Clarke said the saga had gone on far too long.

"I think he has made a number of promises, none of which he has kept," he said.

McNaughton, from Halesowen, West Midlands, was told by a judge at Birmingham High Court "because of repeated and flagrant breaches of earlier orders and injunctions" he would now serve six months in prison for contempt of court.

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