Environment Agency officers assaulted

A TIPPING firm boss from Dewsbury has admitted attacking two environment officers.

Sam Hunter pleaded guilty to two offences of common assault at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court last week. 

The 27-year-old, of Boothroyd Lane, attacked the Environment Agency officials when they visited the 24/7 Concrete and Aggregates Recycling site on Weaving Lane, Dewsbury, to investigate illegal waste operations. 

They were checking that waste delivered in breach of environmental regulations had been removed but they were verbally threatened and physically assaulted by Hunter, who has previously been charged with a number of offences relating to waste dumping.

His waste site in Huddersfield caught fire in 2016 and cost taxpayers more than £1million in clean-up costs.

Hunter was given a community order with a 21-day thinking skills and rehabilitation programme, and must also complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He must pay a victim surcharge of £85, the same in court costs and £50 to each officer.

Vincent Heaphy, environmental crime team leader, said: “The sentence handed out shows that the courts will not allow assault of public servants to go unpunished.”

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