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HSE reacts to sentencing of man for threatening inspector

HSE

Senior inspector says organization will not tolerate any form of violence, aggression or abuse directed towards its staff

A SENIOR Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector has stressed that the organization will not tolerate violence, aggression or abuse of its staff after a man was sentenced for a public order offence.

On 23 August 2019, an HSE inspector was conducting an inspection of a Teesside waste and recycling site belonging to Jacob Alexander Thompson.

On arrival at the premises, the inspector became aware of an individual pointing at him across the yard. The individual, Mr Thompson, then crossed the yard towards the inspector, shouting obscenities.

The inspector was subjected to repeated verbal abuse and offensive language and was physically threatened when Thompson stepped towards him and raised his fist as he aggressively told him to leave.

Mr Thompson was sentenced on Monday 17 February 2020, at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, following an investigation by Cleveland Police.

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.’

Mr Thompson, who pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986, was ordered to pay £100 compensation and costs of £85. He also received a conditional discharge of six months.

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