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    EMPLOYEE FINED FOR LIGHTING UP IN WORK VEHICLE

    Window fitter found smoking in van prosecuted by Environmental Health 

    It has been reported by the Milton Keynes Citizen that a window fitter caught smoking in his van has been ordered to pay £750 at Milton Keynes Magistrate’s Court (17 May). He was charged under the Health Act 2006 for smoking within an enclosed work space whilst carrying a passenger.

    Graham Firness, of Wellingborough was observed smoking in his van in October 2012 by Milton Keynes Council EHO’s engaged in ‘Operation Rogue’ with Thames Valley Police when the offence was discovered.  The operation was aimed at disrupting the activities of doorstep criminals who travel large distances to commit crime and distraction burglaries.

    Mr Firness represented himself but magistrates found him guilty, imposed a fine of £130 and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £600. Simon Teesdale Milton Keynes Environmental Health Team Leader said:

    “Smoking in the workplace whether it be in the office or in a vehicle used for work has not been permitted since 2007. I am glad to say the vast majority of people respect that this law is for the protection of everyone’s well being as passive smoking is recognised by medical experts as posing a serious risk to health.”

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