Charges dropped against halal slaughterhouse

A controversial slaughterhouse in Boosbeck, North Yorkshire, had charges dropped after appearing in court in late August, one local newspaper reported.  

Teesside newspaper The Evening Gazette claimed that Banaras Halal Meats had denied they took livestock deliveries outside the specified hours in a planning condition with Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Nahim Banaras, of Banaras Halal Meats, learnt on 25 August that he would not face any prosecution. The news comes after Nicola Allan, who represented the council, was unable to offer evidence.

In a joint statement issued by Redcar and Cleveland Council and Banaras Halal Meats, it was revealed that, in the light of no evidence, it would be more productive for the issues to be addressed outside the court.

“In this regard a meeting shall take place between officers of the council and representatives of BHM [Banaras Halal Meats] to seek to agree procedures in relation to deliveries of livestock to the premises.

“The parties wish to move positively forwards and it is hoped that reaching an agreement in relation to these procedures will further that objective.”

The decision has left several local residents disgruntled, after they had campaigned for the closure of the abattoir for more than two years. Villagers claimed they had suffered from bad smells and noise.

After a proposal to invest £100,000 to help improve procedures at the slaughterhouse were disregarded, plans to employ a new environmental health officer to monitor the site have been revealed.

Separate to the trial in which Banaras was cleared, the abattoir faces a separate trial in November, having been charged by the Food Standards Agency with five accounts of holding meat intended for human consumption that posed a health risk.

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