Man in court over ‘illegal dumping of waste’

Johnathon Almond accused of involvement in illegal dumping of controlled waste
Johnathon Almond accused of involvement in illegal dumping of controlled waste

A landowner accused of taking part in illegal waste dumping in Bempton has appeared together in the dock with seven others.

Johnathon Almond of Butterwicks Farm, Flamborough Road, Bempton, is charged with illegally depositing controlled waste at Bempton, near Bridlington, without the authority of a current environmental permit against the 1990 Environmental Protection Act.

The alleged dumping took place between January 2012 and July 2013. Beechgrove Farms Ltd is also charged with permitting the deposit of controlled waste at Beechgrove Farm without authority. Mr Almond was one of eight landowners in the dock of court one at Hull Crown Court on Monday (August 24) following a 17-month investigation into waste management at 13 different sites from Bempton to Leeds.

Allen Williamson, Samantha Bichard and Martin Williamson stood shoulder-to-shoulder with five landowners in the dock of court one at Hull Crown Court on Monday August 24 following a 17-month investigation into waste management at 13 different sites.

The eight along with Allensway Recycling Ltd, Allensway Transport Ltd, and Beechgrove Farms are the 11 defendants initially facing a total of 92 charges in a prosecution being brought by the Environment Agency in two phases.

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. The first hearing was told although charges at the magistrates court stretched to 73 in the first phase of investigation they would be simplified to 47 indictments.

The charges were not put to the defendants at this stage which is normal.

In the first phase Allen Williamson, of Howden Road, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, was charged with 41 offences of 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. Martin Williamson, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, was charged with 11 offences relating to the tipping, storing or operating waste disposal sites without permits. The charges concern five farms across the East Riding across 22 months.

Samantha Bichard, of Hazel Grove, Pontefract, was charged with eight offences of involvement in storing tipping or operating illegal waste disposal at five farms across East Yorkshire over a 20-month period. Allensway Recycling Limited, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, was charged with 15 offences of tipping waste illegally, operating outside of permits or making a false statement to gain a permit. Harry Towse, of Old Road, and Stephen Towse, of New Road, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, are charged with operating a controlled waste facility otherwise than in accordance with a permit at Beacon Farm, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, between 3 September 2012 and 22 August 2013.

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.

In the second phase of the investigation more charges have been made bringing in three new male defendants.

Allen Williamson, of Howden Road, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, faces 16 further charges. There are two allegations of failing to comply with an environmental permit between June 2013 and October 2013 by storing waste in tanks at Holme-on-Spalding Moor.

He faces two charges of keeping controlled liquid waste likely to cause pollution or harm human health, and two offences of involvement in the deposit of waste at Barton-upon-Humber. He is charged with permitting controlled waste to be deposited at Butterwicks Farm, Bempton. There are two more charges permitting controlled waste to be deposited at Sproatley Grange, Sproatley, Hull, two further charges of permitting controlled waste to be deposited at Sowerton Farm, Tollerton, two charges of permitting controlled waste at Arthington Quarry, Arthington, near Leeds and two charges of failing to supply the Environment Agency with transfer documents for controlled waste.

Martin Williamson, of Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, is charged with failing to comply with an environmental permit by permitting the storing of waste in tanks at Holme-on-Spalding Moor, and also permitting Allensway Recycling to keep controlled waste at Prospect House Farm, Holme-on-Spalding Moor in a manner likely to cause pollution harm human health.

Allensway Recycling faces seven more charges relating to the deposit of controlled waste at Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Bempton Farm, Bempton, Grange Farm Sproatley, Sowerton Farm, Tollerton and failing to comply with a waste permit condition at Prospect House, Holme-on-Spalding Moor and not supplying waste transfer notes to the Environment Agency.

Samantha Bichard, of Hazel Grove, Pontefract, is also charged with allowing controlled waste to be stored in tanks at Holme-on-Spalding Moor, permitting liquid waste to kept in a manner likely to cause pollution or harm human health at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, and permitting controlled waste to be deposited at Arthington Quarry without a permit.

Allensway Transport faces six more charges of permitting controlled waste to be deposited without authority at five further sites. It faces one charge of not providing transfer notes.

Richard Beadle, of Sproatley Grange, Sproatley, is now charged with permitting the deposit of controlled waste on his land at Sproatley.

George Gladwin, of Beechgrove Farm, Barton-on-Humber is charged with permitting the deposit of controlled waste on his land 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.

The defendants were bailed until next September.