Police arrest North Staffordshire man after protest outside Walleys Quarry


Police have arrested a man on suspicion of ‘aggravated trespass’ after he reportedly ‘chained himself’ to the gates of a controversial quarry.

Officers have this afternoon questioned the man – named locally as Nathan Wint – following the one-man protest outside Walleys Quarry, in Silverdale.

It follows a peaceful protest in December when a number of socially-distanced local residents lined the street outside the site as part of the Stop The Stink campaign.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass at a landfill site today. Officers arrested a 31-year-old Newcastle man just after 12.30pm.

“We were initially called at 11.15am to reports of a man who had chained himself to gates at Walleys landfill site, in Silverdale.

Nathan Wint chained to the gates

Police cordoned off a section of Cemetery Road during the one-man protest which attracted a number of supporters. They included Nathan’s sister, Kim Wint.

Kim, of Trent Vale, said: “I think it stinks. I live in Trent Vale so it’s not as bad there but my family are in Silverdale and Knutton.

“The smell is affecting everyone, and people worry about their children’s health from breathing it in.

“It was supposed to be slowing down this year but the smell is as bad as ever.”

Police at the scene at Walley’s Quarry on January 26

Laurie McFarlane, of Underwood Road, Silverdale, says she is unable to open her windows due to the stench.

She said: “You can smell it all the way to Chesterton and Bradwell. They give you reference numbers and you log your complaints but nothing happens.

“People say it’s causing them health issues from breathing it in – why should we put up with this?

“We are fed up and everyone is prepared to back Nathan. It was a peaceful protest. The problem has been ongoing for about two years but it’s got a lot worse over the last year.

“If we have a warm day, you can’t open your windows because it smells like animal faeces.”

Silverdale native Joy Tremble now lives in Chesterton.

“The smell is disgusting,” said Joy. “No-one can say you can’t smell it, you can smell it from as far as Audley.

“We are all just really angry, the summer was just disgusting because the smell travelled for miles. We’ve tried different protests, such as Stop The Stink, but no-one is listening. We’ve tried petitions and we’ve called the hotlines and nothing is working.”

Ashley Twigg lives on nearby Silverdale Street and was also out to support Nathan.

He said: “The houses are smelling, you need loads of air fresheners in your house.

“I feel for people owning homes because it’ll affect the prices. If it wasn’t Nathan it would be someone else doing the same thing.”

Police outside Walleys Quarry

Red Industries – which operates Walleys Quarry – has thanked Staffordshire Police for their response.

A Red Industries spokesman said: “Red Industries can confirm that an incident took place at Walleys Landfill earlier today whereby a member of the public closed the site gates, attached themselves, and refused to move.

“Fortunately, the incident was de-escalated without injury or harm when the police intervened. We understand an arrest was made at the same time. We would like to thank the police for their swift action in bringing a peaceful close to a potentially dangerous situation.

“We operate a legally compliant business and, of course, do not condone any action that breaches any aspect of law, be it trespass or breaches of current coronavirus restrictions.

“Red Industries has always sought to engage with the community and continues to do so through various channels, including the liaison committee which deals solely with all matters relating to the Walleys landfill site.

“Members of the community and residents’ representatives are invited to attend, and many do so. However, we have yet to receive a response to the numerous invitations made to prominent members of a local protest group.”





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