Rogue traders will face action - mayor

Doncaster  Mayor Peter Davies.
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies.

COUNCIL bosses are warning business owners who flout environmental laws will be prosecuted after a brother and sister were jailed.

Doncaster Council has welcomed the nine month sentences handed to Jane Hopkins and David Squire, who were taken to court following a huge blaze at an illegal tyre dump.

Scores of homes had to be evacuated when the Tyre Trade UK site in White Lea Road, Mexborough, went up in flames in an arson attack in June 2010. The site had around 120,000 dumped on it at the time.

Hopkins, 45, of Ewood Drive, Cantley, and Squire, 31, of Cecil Avenue, Warmsworth, were jailed and banned from being company directors after they admitted environmental law breaches.

After their sentencing Peter Davies, mayor of Doncaster, said: “I am delighted the courts have handed out a jail term which is a fitting punishment and serves as a deterrent.

“Tackling environmental crime is a top priority for Doncaster Council and we take strong action against those who seek to blight our borough with pollution.”