08 December 2015
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Sheriff Pieri accepted that it was clear that Mr Fallon raised his voice, swore, there was physical contact and that SEPA officers had to defuse the situation and leave. He acknowledged that everyone has the right to go about their job without that sort of treatment and this is true of SEPA Officers.
The SEPA Officers were visiting the site on 11 February 2015 to assess which of the vehicles were waste and therefore whether a waste management licence was required.
The Officers were forced to leave the site because Mr Fallon’s behaviour raised safety concerns and the matter was then reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Calum MacDonald, SEPA Executive Director, said:
This conviction sends a clear message to operators that such conduct is wholly unacceptable. SEPA will not tolerate violence, aggression or intimidation of any kind towards its Officers exercising their powers and undertaking their duties. We will work with partner organisations such as the Crown Office to seek prosecutions in such circumstances.”
Notes to editor
The exact charge William Fallon was found guilty of was:
- on 11 February 2015 at 10 Cameron Street, Coatbridge ML5 2EJ you William Fallon did intentionally assault, hinder or obstruct SEPA Officers Rodney Allan, Peter Garbett and Fiona Mochar, all authorised persons, then in the exercise or performance of their powers or duties and did wave your hands in Rodney Allan’s face and did assault him by pushing him on the chest and did hinder and obstruct the said Rodney Allan, Peter Garbett and Fiona Mochar, authorised persons, in the exercise and performance of their powers or duties, inter alia, carrying out a site inspection, in that you did shout, swear, behave in an aggressive, abusive, threatening manner and whilst said officers were retreating from the site did assault Officer Garbett in that you did walk alongside him and repeatedly knock against his body; CONTRARY to the Environment Act 1995 Section 110(1).