Wakefield business owner pleads guilty to causing pollution and harassment

11/12/2018, PR8941

Wakefield city centre

​A man who threatened a Wakefield Council officer who was visiting his business premises after reports of an illegal fire - has been ordered to pay £3,350 in fines and costs at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

​Jonathan Banks, aged 62 of Denby Dale Road, pleaded guilty to a public order offence and for breaching an abatement notice, which prohibited fires at Jon's Shed's Direct on Denby Dale Road.


At a sentencing hearing on December 6 the Court heard an environmental health officer from Wakefield Council went to the premises after a report of smoke coming from a fire.


Mr Banks was aggressive towards the officer and demanded she leave. He followed her back to her car, threatened her, banged on the windscreen and shouted at her until she left.


A spokesperson for Wakefield Council said: "We are pleased with this successful conviction. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we're very clear that anti-social behaviour and aggressive behaviour must never be tolerated. We will always do all we can to tackle this appalling behaviour.


"This conviction sends out a very clear message that we don't tolerate abuse and threatening behaviour in our district."

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