Jailed for offences

EA officers at Springwood Trading
EA officers at Springwood Trading

A man who disappeared before being found guilty of various waste crimes is now beginning a 25-month jail term.

Mark Eric Butterworth, 51, of Mytholmroyd, was sentenced to a custodial term by Bradford Crown Court in May but he was not jailed at the time because he failed to turn up at court on the day.

Judge Roger Thomas QC subsequently issued a warrant for Butterworth’s arrest, and last week he was apprehended and brought before Bradford Crown Court to be sentenced.

Two investigations carried out by the Environment Agency, in 2010 and 2012, revealed that Butterworth’s company, Springwood Trading, which traded in Cornholme, was operating a waste transfer station at its Pudsey Road site without an environmental permit or planning permission.

Butterworth admitted two counts of knowingly permitting the operation of a waste facility without an appropriate environmental permit.

He was also found guilty of four counts of operating a regulated facility without a permit, three counts of depositing controlled waste, and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes after being served notice to do so.

A suspended sentence previously imposed for similar offences was also activated.