Waste firm boss in court over bankruptcy claim

MESS: The dump site
MESS: The dump site

A former company director dubbed ‘Mr Messy’ over his illegal tipping may face jail for a second time over his dealings following a £199,000 bankruptcy claim.

James Manning, 52, of Snowdrop Close, Leyland, received a four-month jail term in February after the local council waged a five-year battle to have a stinking mountain of fly-blown refuse removed from New Springs, Wigan.

During a hearing at Preston Magistrates Court yesterday, Manning admitted failing to account for losses which relates to a sum of £59,430 he made from selling his stables in Clayton-le-Woods, near Chorley, after claiming bankruptcy.

He admitted two further charges relating to his failure to pay county court judgements (CCJ) over money he owed to two firms - SHP Valuers, which assisted him in the sale of the stables, and Cambridge Finance, who financed the stables.

Manning, who used to run waste firm McCann Waste Managers Ltd, told officials he spent the money on gambling and drink.

Charlotte Atherton, prosecuting, said: “ This was a deliberate fraud on two separate creditors over a period of between six and 12 months, in the face of two CCJs with complete disregard for these. Despite having £59,000 he failed to pay these two creditors.

“He says instead he spent the money on gambling and alcohol in the main part, and we say this is fraudulent from the outset.

“It’s an aggravating feature that the only reason he had the money is because the firms he owed assisted him in the sale of the property which released the £59,000.

“He had declared bankruptcy, leaving a debt of £199,000.”

Rachel Adamson, defending, said: “There’s another side to the story. He has lost everything

he’s ever had, a very successful business.

“It was so successful that he was delivering 100 skips a day.

“It was like the light had been turned out when the recession hit. When many of his clients stopped building houses, he found he was delivering 30 to 40 skips but was still geared up to do 100.”

He will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on July 29.