8th April 2020

Bloody and criminal record risks of Somerset recycling site thefts

The double risks to life and liberty from trying to steal from Somerset recycling sites have been graphically illustrated in recent weeks.

Staff at a recycling centre arrived one morning to discover pools of blood in one of its skips in which someone had sustained a severe injury and bled copiously.

The blood-strewn skip was discovered by staff at Bridgwater Recycling Centre but there was no sign of the injured person.

However, there was no escape for a man who stole items from a recycling centre in 2014 that was tracked down by police and brought to court to face justice.

Husyin Guda, who twice stole items from a Somerset recycling site, was given a criminal record by Taunton magistrates.

Guda admitted “theft by finding” on two occasions at Highbridge Recycling Centre in 2014 as well as possession of the Class B drug amphetamine.

Magistrates sentenced him to a community order of 40 hours of unpaid community work, to be supervised by the probation service for 12 months, and to pay £60 costs.

A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesman said:

“If customers take care and follow site staff advice, recycling centres are safe environments.

“But these two cases prove the risks of breaking the law when trying to steal from recycling sites.

“Being detected, arrested, charged and convicted is the obvious consequence of such criminal behaviour.

“And climbing into a recycling skip is very dangerous – it is no exaggeration to say that you could easily lose your life from a cut or stab wound.

“Taking such risks alone at night and in the dark for incredibly small returns suggests a reckless stupidity beyond comprehension.”

Anyone with information about recycling site crime or who knows anything about the person injured at Bridgwater Recycling Centre is urged to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The police can be contacted online at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/

Crimestopppers can be contacted online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/