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Fly Tipping Liquids

Blue Star juice boss found guilty, fined and sentenced to prison for dumping toxic eliquid.

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The owner of Blue Star Eliquid Limited has been found guilty for illegally dumping more than seven hundred containers, holding unlabelled liquid contents. Rehise Khan was fined and given a suspended prison sentence.

Khan used to be one of the two directors of Blue Star when it was listed as a Limited company at Companies House. Blue Star has been listed as “dissolved” since May 2016.

Clueless Khan purchased 700 containers of the wrong chemical. Instead of the polypropylene glycol he’d intended to order, a viscous, colourless liquid used to make e-liquid, Khan ordered 744 containers of a non-hazardous, acid-based starch.

Over several days he used a forklift truck to dump the containers over a wall, onto land behind Wadsworth Industrial Park. Members of the public saw the containers and it caused a chemical alert panic. Bolton’s fire brigade were called and a specialist hazardous materials officer was brought in to deal with the suspected chemical spill.

Nick Peel, Bolton council’s executive cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Thankfully, the liquid was found to be low risk but could have easily caused a full-scale emergency had it tested otherwise.”

Peel added: “We will always pursue a prosecution for fly-tipping where appropriate.”

Councillor David Acton is the chairman on the fire brigade’s fire committee. Acton commented: “Any illegally-tipped waste can become a target for a deliberate fire, which can take fire-fighters away from dealing with more serious incidents. The quantities of liquids found at this site were substantial and potentially dangerous to the surrounding area, with fly-tipped chemicals even more harmful to the environment.”

Planet of the Vapes has attempted to contact Rehise Khan for a comment but he is not responding to requests. He pled guilty to fly tipping and causing the owners of Wadsworth Industrial Park clean up costs. Khan was sentence to twenty-six weeks in prison, suspended for twelve months, and a fine of almost £13,000.

Blue Star have yet to close down their website or Facebook account and give all the appearance of continuing to trade – even going so far as to claim they have Eastern and Middle Eastern offices.

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