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Waste criminal to give up profits

William Reidy
Reidy's company was paid to take building waste away

A demolition man jailed for dumping waste including asbestos has been ordered to pay back more than £176,000 of profits made from his activities.

William Reidy from Bradford, was given a 16-month jail term in 2007 for illegally dumping waste while running the company Space Making Development.

It was claimed Reidy benefited by £1,721,760 from his crimes.

At a Bradford Crown Court hearing, he was ordered to sell land and properties in order to pay back £176,519.10.

Reidy was ordered to pay back some of his profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act in a prosecution brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

He was given six months to pay, with a prison sentence of 27 months if he fails to pay on time.

William Reidy founded a business on illegal activity and exploited people's good faith for his own benefit.
Ian Cruxton
Serious Organised Crime Agency

Reidy was sentenced in 2007 after pleading guilty to depositing asbestos waste.

Leonard Imeson, also from Bradford, was jailed for four months for the same offence and a third man, Neil Medley, was given 100 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to two offences of falsifying documents.

The court heard they were paid to remove building waste from companies across Yorkshire, and were working in the demolition business run by Reidy.

Environment Agency officers investigated the company's activities after they became aware of illegal tipping on council-owned land at Low Moor, Bradford and put the site under surveillance.

Investigators then traced vehicles seen dumping the waste back to Space Making Development.

Officers estimated that in total, around 200 lorry loads of demolition waste had been dumped illegally while customers were given false documentation stating their waste had been disposed of legitimately.

Paul Glasby, environmental crime officer at the Environment Agency, said: "This is a great result. Waste crime is unacceptable. It puts people and the environment at risk and undermines legitimate businesses."

Ian Cruxton, the Serious Organised Crime Agency's deputy director of proceeds of crime, said: "William Reidy founded a business on illegal activity and exploited people's good faith for his own benefit.

"He should not be able to keep the money he took fraudulently from other people's pockets."

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