Director must pay £36,000 after leaving hazardous material near city nature reserve

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A COMPANY director has been ordered to pay more than £36,000 after his firm illegally dumped nearly 1,400 tonnes of waste in Sheffield.

Edward Mosley’s business Earthshift Waste Removal was hired by a housing company to take potentially hazardous debris from a site on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough.

But instead of disposing of it properly, the waste was dumped on Penistone Road close to a nature reserve.

Campbell Homes was preparing to build on the site and paid for a survey on the land which found dangerous polyaromatic hydrocarbons - byproducts of fuel burning - in the soil.

Earthshift was asked to move the waste in 2007, and sold it to John Hawksworth, who owned the land off Penistone Road.

He denied knowing the waste was hazardous, claiming he thought it was just general soil and debris.

Mosley, of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, aged 50 at the time, was sentenced to 150 hours’ unpaid work for his part in the waste dumping, plus £2,500 costs.

He was also a driver for the company and delivered the illegal rubbish.

Mosley claimed he had not profited from the deal.

He said all the money had gone to Earthshift, which is now in liquidation.

But after police discovered Mosley was a director of the company, officers proved he had benefited by at least £36,475.

He has six months to pay and faces 15 months behind bars if he fails.

Campbell Homes admitted three Environmental Protection Act offences. It was fined £3,000 with £1,500 costs.

Hawksworth pleaded guilty to two offences under the Act and was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years and 250 hours’ unpaid work.

Paul Harley, from the Environment Agency, said: “This shows we will prosecute those who abuse the environment.”