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Harrogate tyre guy to go on trial for Spring Mill Street fire

The company and its director will go before Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court in September.

A man from Harrogate and his company are set to go trial for a fire that broke out on Spring Mill Street in 2020.

The company and its director are being prosecuted by The Environmental Agency for failure to remove controlled waste from the land.

600,000 tyres were burned during the blaze. Image: WYFRS.

The occupier of the site is Equalityre its director Stuart Bedford of Fairfax Avenue.

The fire involved around 600,000 tyres burning for days and at its height, up to 100 firefighters were involved at the scene, taking a week before it was completely extinguished.

More than 20 schools were closed, and public transport services cancelled or diverted at the height of the fire due to toxic smoke.

Equalityre and Mr Bedford are charged with failure to comply with a notice dating a month before the fire broke out and failure to remove controlled waste from the former go-karting site.

The case went before Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on 30 November and not guilty pleas were entered to both charges.

It took firefighters a week to put out the fire. Image: WYFR.

The trial is set for 1 September, which will be heard at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court.

The company and Mr Bedford face similar charges in relation to another site, in South Yorkshire. They are accused of failing to comply with a notice from December 2020 to remove controlled waste from the site.

Not guilty pleas were entered by Equalityre and Mr Bedford at the hearing in Doncaster and the case was adjourned to tie in the trial in Bradford in September.

As it is now a live court case, the Environmental Agency are unable to provide any comment on the case until after the trial has taken place.


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