A WIDNES glazing firm has been prosecuted for a pollution offence and fined £1,000.
Widnes Windows Limited pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching Section 2 of the Clean Air Act 1993 at a hearing at Runcorn Magistrates Court on Friday.
The company was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £187.11 toward Halton Borough Council's costs.
The charge related to an incident on October 10 when an environ-mental health officer witnessed a large plume of dark smoke in the Halebank area of Widnes.
The smoke was traced to the yard of Widnes Windows Limited in Ditton Road, Widnes.
The officer entered the site and saw there was a large bonfire in the yard in which treated window frames were being burnt.
A company director had been warned on three previous occasions, in July 2004, January 2006 and September 2006, it was an of-fence to create dark smoke.
Cllr Phil Harris (environmental health) said: 'Businesses have a legal duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of in a suitable manner.
'Bonfires should not create dark smoke or smoke that causes a nuisance. We will not hesitate to take enforcement action against businesses that persistently ignore advice and warnings.'