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Toxic dumping director disqualified 23 April 2013

The director of Oil and Water Limited (OWL) has been banned from acting as a director of a limited company for seven years.

Peter James Frampton, director of the waste management company based in Shaftesbury, was disqualified following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.

The report found Frampton had allowed the company to dump toxic silt into protected environmental areas and failed to pay approximately £1 million in tax.

Mark Bruce, a chief examiner at The Insolvency Service said: “The substantial period of disqualification reflects the fact that where the actions of a particular company cause damage to the environment to such an extent that criminal prosecution by the relevant authority is deemed appropriate.”

In 2007, OWL dumped highly contaminated silt with heavy metals and other toxins into the sea during the development of a yacht marina in Falmouth Harbour.

Falmouth Harbour falls within the Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation and the local marine environment is particularly sensitive due to nearby oyster and mussel beds.

OWL was incorporated on 4 November 1998 and went into administration on 02 September 2010, owing at least £1.4m to its creditors, including just under £1m which was tax debt.

In February 2012, Frampton was convicted, fined £25,000 and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs. He appealed against his conviction last year but was unsuccessful.

Frampton, 57, of Wimborne, Dorset has given an undertaking that he will not act as a director of a limited company until March 2020.

 

 

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