A company director delivered a two-fingered gesture as he turned up for a court hearing over a controversial waste tip site.

Sam Hunter, who ran the former Hunter Group tip in Lockwood, was due to appear before a judge at Huddersfield County Court.

Mr Hunter walked into the courthouse in Queensgate, Huddersfield, wearing a grubby white vest and dirty black trousers.

As he arrived for the hearing he was asked by an Examiner reporter if he was going to pay for the clear up of the abandoned tip .

He remained tight-lipped but gave his answer with a two-fingered gesture, captured on video.

Sam Hunter arriving at Huddersfield County Court, Queensgate House, Huddersfield.

Mr Hunter and others are due to appear before a judge over injunctions on the operation of the tip site.

The case, brought by Kirklees Council, was due to be heard later this morning.

Kirklees Council has allocated an amount of money for the clear up of the tip but says it will take several months to remove the waste mountain.

Video thumbnail, Former Hunter's Waste site, Lockwood, Huddersfield
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The council has pledged to try to recoup the money from those responsible but there have been warnings the final bill could fall to council taxpayers.

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Kirklees Council has refused requests from the Examiner to reveal how much money has been set aside, claiming “commercial confidentiality.”

The clean-up of an illegal tip site in Scout Hill, Dewsbury, in 2010 cost £400,000.