Northern Ireland

Former Ace Bates Skip Hire directors plead guilty to waste offences

Gary and Thomas Bates Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption The brothers were directors of Ace Bates Skip Hire Ltd until October 2013

Two former directors of a Belfast skip hire company have pleaded guilty to waste offences.

Thomas Bates, 45, and his brother, 43-year-old Gary, were directors of Ace Bates Skip Hire Ltd until October 2013.

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

However, on Friday they were rearraigned and pleaded guilty to four new charges.

Both brothers, of Ballysillan Road and Upper Crumlin Road, and the company pleaded guilty to the unlawful deposit of waste, while the company also pleaded guilty to keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to damage the environment or human health.

The court was told the offences were committed on dates between May, 2005 and August 2011.

The brothers will be sentenced at a later date.

The original 15 charges will remain on the books.

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