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Site operator jailed for long-running illegal operation

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The owner of a skip hire company has been jailed for a total of two years for running an illegal waste site near Halifax.

David Turner of Farrar Mill Lane, Siddal, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after admitting three offences in a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA).

His son Jonathan Turner was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work. A friend was given a conditional discharge.

David Turner is currently in custody for failing to pay in excess of £75,000 which was claimed against him following a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing relating to previous waste offences. This new prison term will be added on to this existing sentence.

The court was told that David Turner ran a waste site at Siddall with the help of his son, under an environmental permit.

An Environment Agency (EA) inspection in 2011 found that Turner was storing excessive waste on the site. The waste was close to homes, a stream and a bowling green.

The EA ordered Turner to reduce the size of the waste pile but he failed to do so. In June 2011, the EA revoked his permit but subsequent inspections revealed that the site was still accepting mixed waste.

Waste wood was also being burned illegally on site.

Investigations through 2013 to 2015, which included covert surveillance, revealed that the illegal operation was continuing. Jonathan Turner took over the operation of the site when his father was jailed in April 2013 for dangerous driving.

During the investigations, officers discovered that the Turners had been using a skip wagon that was registered to a friend. The court heard that this friend had allowed the Turners to register the vehicle in his name to allow them to continue to operate.

A spokesperson for the EA said: “We are pleased with the court’s sentence against David Turner. This defendant thought he could flout the regulations but this prison sentence sends a strong message to the community that environmental crime is taken very seriously.”

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