Animal waste cargo firm is wound up

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AN ANIMAL waste carrying firm ordered to pay more than £40,000 last year for spilling offal from its lorries is to close.

Alba Transport, part of the Leo Group, based at Swalesmoor near Boothtown, Halifax, has gone into voluntary liquidation.

A notice placed in the London Gazette by Leeds-based liquidator Armstrong Watson said the decision to wind up the business was made on January 19.

It is not known how many jobs will be affected.

Both the Leo Group and Armstrong Watson declined to comment on the proceedings.

Alba Transport was fined £32,000 and ordered to pay £9,528 court costs after admitting responsibility for two grisly waste spillages last September and asking for six others to be taken into consideration.

The incidents, which date back to 2009, included a spill at the junction of Swalesmoor Road and Queensbury Road, Queensbury, last July.

Animal intestines were splattered across the road, and a motorcyclist who skidded in the greasy mess was thrown from his bike.

A month earlier, organs and fluid were spilled outside Foxhill Primary School, Queensbury, causing pupils to retch as they walked to school.

The abattoir waste was being carried by Alba Transport’s lorries to be processed by its sister firm Omega Proteins, another subsidiary of the Leo Group.

It renders carcasses into meat and bonemeal, used in pet food and as a renewable energy source.

Residents living near to the company’s storage and processing sites have fought a long campaign against the spillages, noise and foul smell from its lorries.

Omega Proteins is due to appear at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court on March 22 charged with breaching restrictions on vehicle movements at its Erlings Works site near Thornton, Bradford.