Abattoir fined £20,000 for polluting beck

AN ABATTOIR which polluted an Ossett beck had drains blocked by pieces of animal waste as big as tennis balls.

Ossett Abattoir Services and director Sajid Ali were sentenced last Friday for discharging material into inland freshwater.

The firm was fined £20,000 and Ali, 30, of Wakefield Road, was fined £1,500 for the two breaches.

They were prosecuted by the Environment Agency following reports that Spring Mill Beck had turned a red-brown colour.

Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates Court heard that the first incident happened in May 2012.

A blockage in the abattoir’s drainage system caused effluent to run into surface water drains that discharge into Spring Mill Beck.

In November 2013 Environment Agency officials investigated similar reports at the beck.

A trial in August was told a sewer drain near the premises was blocked by blood clots and animal guts.

Inside the premises a drain was blocked by congealed blood and solids, some as big as a tennis balls.

Having been found guilty at the trial, the company was fined £10,000 for each offence. Ali was fined for the May 2012 incident.

The company was told to pay £5,921.16 in costs and a further £224.65 on wasted costs for a previous hearing.

Both the company and Ali were also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge each.

Mark West, of the Environment Agency, said: “Trade effluent from industry can have a devastating impact on the natural environment if it is not treated and disposed of properly.

“We hope this case shows how important it is that businesses comply with environmental regulations and manage their operation effectively to ensure their activities do not put the environment at risk.”

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