Landowner’s role in £1m illegal dumping

Johnathon Almond
Johnathon Almond

A Bempton landowner has admitted his part in an illegal dumping operation and is to face a police Proceeds of Crime investigation to claw back money gained from crime.

Johnathon Almond of Butterwicks Farm, Flamborough Road, Bempton, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally depositing controlled waste at Bempton.

George Gladwin

George Gladwin

Mr Almond was one of eight in the dock at Hull Crown Court on Monday following a 17-month investigation into the tipping of more than £1m in waste at 13 different sites from Bridlington to Leeds. The eight, along with three firms are the eleven defendants now facing a total of 64 charges in a prosecution being brought by the Environment Agency. They each face differing allegations which include allowing the tipping of controlled waste illegally, operating without permits, and making false statements to obtain permits. The conduct alleged in some of the charges includes illegally processing controlled waste, storing waste in tanks and storing treated wood and plastics. The most serious charge of illegally keeping waste likely to harm human health is faced by Martin Williamson, Allen Williamson and Samantha Bichard.

Johnathon Almond, of Butterwicks Farm, Flamborough Road, Bempton, pleaded guilty to illegally depositing controlled waste at Bempton, near Bridlington, between 1 January 2012 and 30 July 2013.

Richard Beadle, of Sproatley Grange, Boggle Lane, Sproatley, pleaded guilty earlier this year to permitting the deposit of controlled waste on his land at Sproatley.

Environment Agency barrister Mr David Brook told the latest hearing he appreciated all four guilty defendants wanted to be sentenced, but in some cases they had submitted basis for pleas not entirely accepted. He said since there was to be a trial for others it maybe a sentencing judge at the end of the planned four-month trial next September would have a better view of the facts.

Samantha Bichard

Samantha Bichard

Miss Bell for Richard Beadle said he wanted to be sentenced. Defence barrister Rosaline Scott-Bell for the Towse brothers said they had not received any money from the depositing of waste. She said they hoped a trial would show how they were placed in the pecking order of the case.

“They received nothing in payment and that will affect sentence,” said Ms Rosaline Scott-Bell. “It will also affect the Procceds of Crime hearing.”

Barrister Jonathan Walker for Johnathon Almond said Mr Almond was entirely realistic about the court procedure. He said he was a landowner and the findings of the court would have a significant affect on him.

The charges were not read to each defendants because of the length of time it would take. Instead they were asked if they wanted to enter pleas to all the charges they faced. Allen Williamson, of Howden Road, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, is charged with handling waste illegally, operating outside of permits or making a false statement to gain a permit. The charges concern 13 different farms and landfill sites over a 24–month period from January 2012 to December 2013. He said he did not want to enter pleas to these charges at this stage.

Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, was charged with offences relating to the tipping, storing or operating waste disposal sites without permits. The charges concern five farms across the East Riding. He said he did not want to enter pleas to these charges at this stage.

Samantha Bichard, of Hazel Grove, Pontefract, is charged with offences of involvement in storing tipping or operating illegal waste disposal at five farms across East Yorkshire over a 20-month period. She said she was not guilty to all charges. Allensway Recycling Limited, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, is charged with offences of tipping waste illegally, operating outside of permits or making a false statement to gain a permit. The charges concern nine different farms or sites over a 21–month period from January 2012 to October 2013. Barrister Andrew Thomas for the company said he did not want to enter pleas to these charges at this stage.

Allensway Transport, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, was charged with seven offences of knowingly permitting the transport of controlled waste to be deposited on land without an environmental permit. The waste is alleged to have been moved across East Yorkshire, Selby and Doncaster between January 2012 and September 2013. Barrister Andrew Thomas for the company said he did not want to enter pleas to these charges at this stage.

The farms and landfill sites investigated by the Environment Agency and named in the charges include:

Prospect Farm, Holme-on-Spalding Moor; Willow Farm, Foggathorpe; Manor House Farm, Brandesburton; The Beeches, Cliffe; Airey Hill Farm, Humanby; Holme Road, Spaldington; Bielsbeck Farm, Cliffe Road, Market Weighton; Wallis Grange, Kiplingcotes, Market Weighton; Syke House Farm, Everingham; Grange Farm Shiptonthorpe; Peckfield Landfield site, Micklefield; Rothhill Lane, Thornganby, near Selby; Leylands Farm, High Melton, Doncaster; Waterside Farm, Selby Road, East Yorkshire.

George Gladwin, of Beechgrove Farm, Barrow Road, Barton-on-Humber, is charged with permitting the deposit of controlled waste on his land at Beechgrove Farm between December 2011 and June 2013 and one charge of allowing the deposit of waste outside a permit.

Beechgrove Farms Ltd is charged with permitting the deposit of controlled waste at Beechgrove Farm without authority. He said he was not guilty to both charges.

Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told the defendants the trial would be listed to take place at Hull Crown Court in September next year. He set a Procceds of Crime timetable for the investigation of criminal assests for the men who had pleaded guilty. They were all granted bail.