On Monday 31 July 2017 Andronicos Sideras, 55 of Southgate, London was sentenced to four and a half years for conspiracy to defraud with a ban from being a company director for 10 years after he was convicted of adding horsemeat into beef destined for the human food chain. He had two accomplices – Ulrik Nielsen, 58, of Gentofte, Denmark and Alex Beech, 44, of Sutton on Hull, Humberside – who were also sentenced and handed substantial bans from being company directors. Ulrik Nielsen owned a Denmark based meat trading company called Flexi Foods and Alex Beech was the UK representative of the company.
Flexi Foods passed numerous consignments of meat through Andronicos Sideras’ company, Dino’s and Sons based in Tottenham, a food supply company and sausage manufacturer. It was discovered that during 2012 Nielsen and Beech were buying horsemeat from Ireland and sourcing beef from Poland.
This meat was then all delivered to Dino’s and Sons premises in Tottenham. Here Sideras would oversee the mixing of these different meat consignments, and would then apply false paperwork and labels to make it look like all the meat was 100% pure beef.