Victor the horse at centre of horsemeat scandal is alive and well

first_imgMr Levy alleged the prosecution is becoming increasingly desperate to prove his client was involved in the conspiracy. Sideras, a sausage and salami supplier, has admitted storing pallets of horsemeat at his cold store, but insisted he has no idea how it had ended up in the products he sold.In his closing speech, defence lawyer Michael Levy said: “I am not sure the chips have a huge relevance.”Victor was pretty alive and well according to chip information. It may be possible to alter the information on the chip, but it is impossible to be 100 per cent comfortable.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Supplier Ulrik Nielsen Supplier Ulrik NielsenCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA A Polish horse named Victor at the centre of a horsemeat scandal is “alive and well”, according to a businessman on trial accused of passing off the meat as beef.Andronicos Sideras, 55, was allegedly part of a ring of dealers who conspired to sell “horsebeef” between January and November 2012.The scheme was thwarted when ID chips from an Irish pony and Victor, a Polish horse, were discovered in slices of meat during a spot-check by environmental health officers at a cold-store in Northern Ireland in October 2012, a court heard.Sideras, owner of Dino’s and Sons, is accused of plotting with supplier Ulrik Nielsen, 58, and his right hand man Alex Beech, 44, to pass off the meat as beef to boost profits.Nielson and Beech have admitted conspiracy to defraud, while Sideras denies the charge. Alex BeechCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Sideras, of Southgate, north London, denies one count of conspiracy to defraud.The jury at Inner London Crown Court began deliberations in the trial on Tuesday morning. Alex Beechlast_img read more

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PT Timah to order more large dredges for tin mining

first_imgState-controlled Indonesian tin producer PT Timah plans to order two new generation dredges worth around $100 million this year, the Antara news agency has reported. Timah is gradually upgrading its dredge fleet, replacing its old bucket ladder dredges by either the new deep water vessels or smaller lower cost cutter suction ones. It a recent presentation the company said that its offshore tin mining leases contained resources of an estimated 649,402 t of tin, of which 217,549 t were Proven and Probable reserves. Timah’s offshore operations produced 20,444 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2010, although production in 2011 is expected to have declined.The two bucketwheel dredges being ordered this year are due to be operational in 2014 said Wachid Usman, Timah’s President Director, adding to another dredge of the same type which is planned to be in operation in 2013.The company’s corporate secretary Abrun Abubakar said Timah has set capital expenditure at $222 million this year to finance the purchases of the dredges. Abrun said part of the capital spending will also be used for its Mentok tin smelter on Bangka island.last_img read more

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