An HSE inspector was the victim of violence and aggression while conducting an inspection at a waste and recycling site, it has been revealed.
The senior inspector was subjected to repeated verbal abuse and offensive language and was physically threatened by Teesside site owner Jacob Alexander Thompson. He stepped towards the official and raised his fist as he aggressively told him to leave. Cleveland Police became involved and the offence was taken to court.
Thompson, 38, pleaded guilty to an offence under section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation and costs of £85. He also received a conditional discharge of six months.
Principal inspector Victoria Wise said: “Thompson’s aggression, threats and abuse are wholly unacceptable. [The] HSE will not tolerate any form of violence, aggression or abuse.
“Our inspectors are warranted to attend premises to carry out their job to ensure the safety and health of those working there. Any aggressive or violent words or actions taken against HSE staff in the course of their duties will be reported to the police.
“I would like to thank Cleveland Police for their help and support in dealing with this serious matter.”