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Bates skip firm brothers admit to dumping waste illegally

By Lesley Houston

A Co Antrim skip hire business and two former directors have admitted waste offences potentially harmful to human health and the environment.

Belfast brothers Gary Samuel Bates and Thomas Andrew Bates, former directors of Ace Bates Skip Hire Limited, admitted dumping controlled waste without valid land waste management licences.

Belfast Crown Court yesterday heard how Thomas Bates (45), of Ballysillan Road, and 43-year-old Gary Bates, of Upper Crumlin Road, each pleaded guilty to charges which date back to between May 2007 and August 2011.

Along with their company they had been accused of 15 waste offences and non-payment of landfill taxes charges.

But during yesterday's hearing they were rearraigned and pleaded guilty to four new charges.

Both brothers and the company pleaded guilty to the unlawful deposit of waste.

The company further admitted that it kept controlled waste in a manner likely to damage the environment or human health.

The pair are reported to have been directors of the firm until October 2013.

The original 15 charges will remain on the books.

Mr Justice Weir adjourned sentencing until June 2015 after the conclusion of confiscation proceedings against the company and the Bates brothers.

In August 2014 the two former directors were told they were to stand trial over the alleged non-payment of nearly £3m in landfill taxes, following a ruling by District Judge Ken Nixon.

Yesterday's charges were contraventions of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

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