Prison for tyre firm bosses after site went up in flames

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A BROTHER and sister who ran a waste tyre business that caused a major fire in Mexborough have each been jailed for nine months.

Jane Hopkins, aged 45 at the time, of Ewood Drive, Cantley, and David Squire, aged 31, then of Cecil Avenue, Warmsworth, both received the sentence.

Both admitted five breaches of environmental permit regulations. Squire also admitted failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

Craig Hassall, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court Tyretrade Ltd had an environmental permit since September 2008, but had never operated within its terms.

There had always been more tyres on the Whitelea Grove site than the permit allowed.

Tyretrade Ltd was evicted from the Whitelea Grove site in September 2009, at which point there were an estimated 120,000 tyres left on the premises.

The court heard that by June 2010 there were still vast numbers of tyres at the site. And in the early hours of the morning of June 28 a fire started causing a plume of thick black smoke that was visible for several miles.

A total of 72 households had to be evacuated and the cost to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue for dealing with the fire was £300,000. It also cost Doncaster Council £10,000 to help those evacuated.

Ian Cowie, of the Environment Agency, said: “We will not tolerate businesses or individuals who deliberately ignore laws that are in place to protect the environment.”

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