School conned by rogue asbestos contractors

In August, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard a case in which two contractors admitted falsifying records relating to a job for Our Lady’s Abingdon School.

Asbestos analyst Richard Gray from Hoddesdon, and David Gray (no relation) from Oxford, who is a supervisor for a licensed asbestos contractor, had taken short cuts. They gave the school a false statement of asbestos clearance, probably to save them the trouble of doing the job correctly. The con was revealed after an engineer went to the school to do plumbing work and came across asbestos that had purportedly been removed. During the investigation, a GPS tracking system was able to show that Richard Gray’s vehicle did not attend the school but had been taken from a motorway service station to his home address. He had gone to the services to meet his namesake where they concocted the false documents. Richard Gray was fined £4,000 with £1,000 costs, and David Gray was fined £1,000 with £250 costs.

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