Family recycling firm fined for Perth rubbish blaze

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A family recycling company has been fined for causing a massive fire in 700 tonnes of rubbish.

The fire at Wyllie Recycling on the outskirts of Perth in February 2012 was started after batteries were dumped along with rubbish.

An explosion sent shrapnel flying 40ft in the air and black smoke from the fire could be seen 20 miles away.

The company was fined £6,000 after admitting four charges relating to waste storage rule breaches.

Ten fire engines were sent to the recycling yard on the Inveralmond Industrial Estate when the fire broke out on 17 February, 2012.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that workers at the site had dumped batteries, which the firm was not licensed to deal with, rather than moving them to a safe area.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews found 55 lithium batteries at the seat of the blaze.

Video: firefighters tackle major blaze at a Perth recycling plant

Members of the public who gathered to watch the fire spread had to sprint to safety when a canister exploded, sending shrapnel flying 40ft through the air, with one large piece of metal ripping through the warehouse roof and landing in the field where watchers had been standing.

'Dangerous situation'

Ronnie Renucci, counsel for Wyllie Recycling, said the fire had "brought home to the company that the procedures in place at the time were not as rigorous as they should have been".

He added: "The company has undergone root and branch reform."

He told the court the family owned business employed 25 people and had been put into a financially difficult position as a consequence of "errors" made by staff.

Sheriff William Wood said: "The particularly concerning feature of this case is not so much the fire, as the potential for loss of human life. It's a fact that where there's a fire when people are working it is a dangerous situation.

"The company did not fully understand its obligations. It has been a significant warning shot.

"I take into account the size of the company and the fact they have taken significant steps to improve overall performance."

Inveralmond fire Ten fire engines were sent to tackle the fire at the Inveralmond Industrial Estate

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  75.  
    Coming up 11:41: John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Join me on Radio Scotland at midday when we'll be talking all things Glasgow 2014.

    Rosefelo Siosi from the Soloman Islands may have been lapped three times in the 5,000m heats at the weekend, but he was cheered over the line by 40,000 fans at Hampden. Everyone loves a trier, right?

    We'll also be discussing Englishman Steve Way's amazing performance in the marathon just a few years after giving up the fags and fast food.

    You can listen live here.

     
  76.  
    Unis 'must elect more women' 11:27: Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    Scottish universities should appoint more women to their governing bodies or be forced to do so, according to the National Union of Students.

    St Andrews University

    NUS Scotland says the boards are dominated by men and the proportion of women is far too low.

    Read my full story here.

     
  77.  
    Shooting disappointment 11:26: Via Twitter BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: Disappointment for @Team_Scotland 's Alan Ritchie and Alan Goodall - both fail to qualify for final of the Men's 50m Pistol.

     
  78.  
    Clegg wins heat 11:13: Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    Scotland's Paralympic silver medallist Libby Clegg ran the fastest time in the world this year as she qualified for tonight's Para sport 100m final. She easily won her heat.

    Clegg and her guide Mikhail Huggins ran with a superb time of 12.23 seconds - just outside her personal best.

    The final takes place at Hampden at 20:00 tonight.

     
  79.  
    Your pictures 11:06:

    Peter Wilson from Cambridge emailed this atmospheric Highland shot. He said: "Having driven through the night, I arrived in Glen Affric about 04:30 just in time to see the mist lifting off the pine woods ahead of a day of stunning weather."

    Glen Affric
     
  80.  
    'Unexplained' death in Dundee 10:58:

    Police are investigating after a man was found dead near a busy Dundee road.

    Riverside Road, Dundee

    The body of the 40-year-old was discovered by a dog walker at about 09:00 on Sunday at the rear of the sports pavilion off Riverside Drive.

     
  81.  
    Going for gold 10:50:

    The Scottish gold medal haul currently stands at 11, equalling the best ever Games total.

    That record could be broken this afternoon when lawn bowls pair Paul Foster and Alex Marshall play Malaysia in the final, which should get under way around 12:45.

    Scotland's lawn bowls team

    The Scottish duo enjoyed a thrilling win over England's Sam Tolchard and Andy Knapper at Kelvingrove yesterday. If you missed it, it's well worth watching the closing stages again.

     
  82.  
    Driving to Hampden? 10:43: Via Email

    Most people will probably be using public transport, but Stephen Porteous has emailed us with some advice for those travelling to Hampden Park by car.

    He says: "If you're going to the athletics and live on the south side, drive to Patterton or Whitecraigs (free parking) - 12 mins to Mount Florida by train from there. Sorted."

     
  83.  
    The Vic and Hoy show 10:34:

    Sir Chris Hoy is currently in conversation with BBC Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire as part of BBC at the Quay.

    Chris Hoy on BBC at the Quay

    You can watch them chat live online.

     
  84.  
    Rally of the Games? 10:29:

    Watch as Nigeria's Segun Toriola produces a stunning defensive display to win a 41-shot rally against Singapore's Ning Gao, in the second match of the men's team table tennis semi-final at Glasgow 2014.

    Segun Toriola
     
  85.  
    Watt to leave Celtic? 10:21:

    Tony Watt may be on his way to Belgium, and Motherwell hope to sign a defender from Derby.

    Tony Watt scores against Barcelona

    Read all the latest gossip from Scottish football.

     
  86.  
    Murder inquiry 10:10:

    Police have launched a murder inquiry following a post-mortem examination into the death of a 23-year-old Greenock man.

    Lynedoch Street, Greenock

    Stephen McGowan was found in a common close in Tobago Street with serious injuries at 03:20 on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police also ordoned off an area of Lynedoch Street, which they said was linked to the same incident.

    They appealed for information about Mr McGowan's last movements.

     
  87.  
    Commonwealth travel - your views 10:02: Via SMS

    Derek in Port Glasgow: Typical, after a fantastic start to the games the negativity starts. My wife and I came to Glasgow on Saturday and had a brilliant day between the merchant city festival and Glasgow Green. The whole place was electric. We came up on the train from Inverclyde with absolutely no problems.

    Paul: Great day at rugby on Saturday, packed trains, as expected, no problem. Massive queue for subway to Ibrox, we were sent to shuttle bus which was empty.

    Anon: Yesterday's park and ride shambles was unacceptable, no matter how organisers try to gloss it over. All these highly paid suits should have known that Sunday would be exceptionally busy. Totally unacceptable that people who paid for rugby tickets should miss the first two matches. Catering and ladies toilets were a disorganised shambles. Yesterday's incompetence ruined the Games for too many.

     
  88.  
    More buses promised 09:55:

    Glasgow 2014 organisers have promised more shuttle buses to avoid the delays that marred the first day of athletics at Hampden Park.

    Queues outside Hampden

    Hundreds of spectators waiting at park and ride centres missed the start of proceedings on Sunday afternoon.

    And there was further frustration as large queues formed at the turnstiles and streets around the stadium.

    The athletics continues at Hampden today.

     
  89.  
    Front pages 09:51:

    Glasgow 2014 continues to dominate the front pages of Scotland's newspapers.

    Scotland's front pages

    The Daily Record leads with a picture of 13-year-old Erraid Davies, who is the Commonwealth Games' youngest ever medallist, and the headline: "Too pool for school".

    Meanwhile, the Scottish Sun leads with judo guru Billy Cusack leading Scotland to Commonwealth Games glory just minutes after hearing his father had died.

    The Scottish Daily Mail leads with a full-page picture of the yesterday's men's marathon on the streets of Glasgow and talks of the city's "Super Sunday".

    See all the front pages here.

     
  90.  
    Commonwealth travel - your views 09:35: Via SMS

    Doug from Ayr: I am due to be at athletics on Friday evening and chose to book the park and ride at Silverburn which were advised to do. As they say it is not rocket science. They know how many people are booked so they must be able to work out how many buses are needed.

    Anon: They've had years to organise this. Totally inept.

    Anon: Park and ride at Eurocentral this morning. Absolutely perfect. Straight on.

    John in Glasgow: The transport getting to various places is a shambles. No one knows how to get anywhere, empty buses are shocking. We will get pointless apologies and nothing will change. Great sport, rubbish organisation.

    Peter in Glasgow: Great time at Velodrome yesterday and no problem with trains. Hampden tonight, so I hope the park & ride is sorted.

     
  91.  
    Best moments so far? 09:14:

    Ross Murdoch's victory in the pool? Euan Burton's judo gold? Royal Marine Chris Sherrington's salute to the crowd?

    Ross Murdoch

    BBC Scotland's reporters share some of their favourite moments of the Games so far. What are yours?

    Send us your comments and pictures using #ScotlandLive, by email or by text on 80295.

     
  92.  
    Man charged over pensioner attack 09:06:

    A 23-year old man has been charged with the attempted murder and sexual assault of an 85 year-old-woman in Edinburgh.

    Morningside attack site

    The attack happened in Morningside on 11 July.

    The man is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

     
  93.  
    Proud parents 09:04:

    "I just managed to stop crying but it was difficult, it was amazing, absolutely amazing. That's the only word to describe it."

    Those are the words of David Davies, father of 13-year-old Scots sensation Erraid, who won a bronze medal in the para-sport 100m breaststroke last night.

    Erraid Davies with parents

    Erraid's coach Lorraine Gifford told BBC Radio Scotland she predicts big things for the teenager, including a trip to the Paralympics in Brazil in 2016.

    Watch Erraid's parents speak to BBC Scotland's Lisa Summers and give their reaction to her success.

     
  94.  
    Do the Rumgay 08:54: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    We have seen the 'Mobot' and the 'Lightning Bolt'. Now it is time for the 'Rumgay'.

    The Scottish table tennis star, in a match against Canada, celebrated with a 'wedgie'.

    Rumgay celebration

    He has now challenged Bolt to a celebration face off.

    The fastest man on earth may accept. The again, after seeing the picture above, he may put on those gold shoes of his and run to the nearest airport.

     
  95.  
    Morning Call 08:34: BBC Radio Scotland

    It was a massive weekend for Glasgow with an estimated 700,000 visitors to the city for the Commonwealth Games. While this has seen a big boost for the hospitality sector, it hasn't all gone smoothly, with travel delays starting to bite.

    Presenter Cathy Macdonald asks: how are you coping with the Commonwealth Games?

    Also, with women's boxing taking its place at the Games for the first time, we'll be talking to Olympic champion Nicola Adams's mum. How would you feel if your daughter wanted to be a boxer?

    Call 0500 92 95 00, text 80295 or email morningcallscotland@bbc.co.uk.

     
  96.  
    08:20: Via Twitter BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Games - heavy exit slip cos of the volume of Games traffic on M8 Westbound at J19 Anderston

     
  97.  
    Today at the Games 08:19:

    Scottish highlights today include two-time Paralympic silver medallist Libby Clegg racing in the T12 100m at the athletics in Hampden.

    Libby Clegg

    Elsewhere, Alex Marshall and Paul Foster could win gold for Scotland in the lawn bowls pairs. Their match against Malaysia will begin at 12:45.

    Wales will play Scotland's women in the hockey at 16:00, while Commonwealth champion swimmer Hannah Miley is in action again in the pool in the 800m freestyle alongside Camilla Hattersley.

    The men's 100m sprint qualifying continues at Hampden, with the likes of the Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade, Jason Livermore and Kemar Bailey-Cole taking on English hopes Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

    Meanwhile, Olympic champion Nicola Adams will begin her challenge in the boxing ring.

    Remember, you can keep across all the action on the BBC. Watch on TV from 09:00, online and listen on the radio.

     
  98.  
    Your first time? 08:11: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    I had an absolutely fantastic time at the team Badminton at the Emirates last night, where England beat India in an electrifying best of five matches across singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

    Badminton at the Emirates Arena

    I'd never seen live elite badminton before - it was fast, furious and hugely competitive. Which sports have you seen for the first time and what was the experience like?

    Tweet us your thoughts and pictures to #ScotlandLive, email them here or text us on 80295.

     
  99.  
    Eyes on the prize 08:00:

    Team Scotland remain just one gold away from their best-ever Commonwealth Games total and are edging closer to matching their overall best for all medals.

    After Sunday's successes, Scotland have 30 medals following four days of events.

    Scotland's judo team collected 14 medals in Glasgow

    Our best-ever total was 33 medals in Edinburgh, in 1986, a Games boycotted by many African, Caribbean and Asian nations.

     
  100.  
    Good Morning Scotland 07:54: BBC Radio Scotland

    Gary Robertson is live on air bringing you the latest national and international news and analysis.

    Listen live to Good Morning Scotland here.

     

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