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Ex-director admits fraud A Van Elle ex-managing director who stole £400,000 from the firm was jailed for two and half years in May. Simon Day, 44, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and fraud. Staff uncovered the fraud after checking Day's laptop when he resigned from the company in February 2004. False invoices on the firm's accounts system showed how Day had fi nanced a £300,000 Norfolk holiday home.

Soil clinic does the business Biffa claims its soil clinic has accepted 20,000t of hazardous waste soil and saved British industry over £250,000 in tax in the seven months since it opened. Remediation manager John Conway said: 'The UK construction industry now has a viable alternative to onsite treatment or dig and dump.'

San Andreas primed to go off The San Andreas Fault is approaching the next 'big one' - an earthquake of magnitude seven or greater - according to new research. Yuri Fialko from University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography based his conclusions on satellite recorded stress data indicating the risk of a large earthquake may be increasing faster than previously thought.

£15bn development in Dubai Dubai has unveiled plans for a £15.4bn hotel and entertainment complex. Developed by Tatweer, Bawadi will include 31 hotels with a total of 29,200 rooms. It will be 10km long and is expected to cater for 3.3M guests annually when completed in 2016.

Brunel book winners Congratulations to the winners of last month's book competition, who each receive a copy of The Brunels' Tunnel, published by the Brunel Museum. They are James Amos of Whitbybird, Simon Vipond of the Environment Agency, Brendan O'Rourke of DEME Environmental Contractors, Tony Moore of Taylor & Francis and Simon Ruddlesden of Ruddlesden Geotechnical.

Salt intake halved Wrekin Construction has filled two of four old salt mines at Northwich, where it is carrying out a three-year, £28.7M contract for Vale Royal Borough Council.

Workers have sunk more than 100 bore holes with twin pipelines in each location to pump grout in and extract displaced brine.Work will complete by the summer of 2007.

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