Ordered to pay back £2,000 over illegal waste site

A MAN has been ordered to pay back £2,000 after he was prosecuted by the Environment Agency for running an illegal waste site.

Mark Butterworth, 49, of Springwood Mill, Pudsey Road, Cornholme, admitted the waste offence and was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, by Bradford Crown Court on May 19, 2010.

He was called back before the court and told to pay back £2,000. Butterworth has three months to comply with the confiscation order otherwise he faces 34 days in prison.

The case was brought by the Environment Agency under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a probe into the profits Butterworth made from his crimes.

In the original court case, Butterworth admitted 11 charges in relation to the unlicensed waste transfer station at Springwood Mill between February 2007 and January 2008

Environment officers observed numerous breaches of environmental legislation throughout 2007 and 2008.

In November 2008 the Environment Agency served notice on Butterworth and the company, giving a month to clear the site. But the court heard this did not happen.

Speaking after the case Environment Agency financial investigator Neil Campbell said: “Not only do we use environmental law to prosecute those who abuse the environment but we also use the Proceeds of Crime law to ensure that criminals are deprived of the benefits of their illegal activity”