Spain to consider extraditing owner of 600,000 tires set ablaze in Bradford

Spain to consider extraditing owner of 600,000 tires set ablaze in Bradford

The National audience next Tuesday the hearing will be held to study the possible delivery of United Kingdom of an English citizen responsible for gathering and transferring more than 600,000 tires which ignited a massive fire in Bradford in November 2020. The disaster shut down the city for two and a half weeks and caused a toxic cloud that experts say had an impact on surroundings and the health of the neighbors.

“The fire at the facilities caused a serious incident that resulted in the closure of all railway lines, 25 schools, courts, the police station and businesses in the area for four days. air quality is severely affected with air particles in a Nursery as close as it is outside the scales of the equipment used to weigh it,” explained the extradition request from the British authorities.

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the Office of the Prosecutor Spain has issued a report in favor of extraditing Stuart Bedford, who was arrested on Spanish territory on August 16 and temporarily released a day later after refusing to voluntarily surrender to British authorities. He was charged with acts that could be included in the Penal Code as a crime against nature.

The charges with which he was accused were not the cause of the fire, which required the intervention of more than a hundred firefighters to control it, but ultimately responsible for not removing the tires when necessary, as well as his transfer without a license on two kart circuits.

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“Mind control”

The extradition request explained that, although at the time Bedford was not formally listed as a director of the company Equalityre Limited, but his wife, she was the one who “controlled the mind” of what happened there.

Therefore, explained the British authorities, the person could have violated the law by bringing those tires to the circuits, where he did not even ask for the necessary permission, and by keeping them there.

“Neither of the two sites is allowed to receive it, so the deposit and storage is illegal,” criticized the report, criticizing Equalityre’s lack of prior collaboration with Environment Agency from the United Kingdom. “The way tires are stored has resulted in a high risk of fire and spread, because they are stored in large piles and there are no fires.”

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