Operator Howard Snaith and Partners of Otterburn, Northumberland, has been found not guilty of Conspiracy to falsify tachograph records. On 23 March 2015 at Newcastle Crown Court, Howard Snaith and Partners and Alison Snaith along with a number of employees were found not guilty of these allegations, which were found to be without any foundation by the Court. A search warrant was executed on the business on 18 March 2011 by DVSA Officers with the assistance of the local Police. The investigation on the company took four years to conclude, in which time the ‘lives and the good business name of Howard Snaith’s has been dragged through the mud’, according to the company’s solicitor, Backhouse Jones.
Both Alison Snaith and the business have always ‘vehemently denied’ the offence of conspiracy to falsify tachograph records. During the course of an investigation, Alison Snaith foolishly produced four tachograph records to replace four which have been lost. To that extent only, Mrs Snaith pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. Snaith’s have been completely exonerated of the conspiracy allegations made against them. The operator used the legal team of Tony Cross QC, Kathryn Johnson, Daniel Thomas of Lincoln House Chambers, Scott Bell of Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Brian Hegarty of David Gray Solicitors and Gordon Humphreys of Foster Tachographs to help prove their innocence. Snaiths would also like to thank the customers and suppliers who have stood by them during this period. The sentencing hearing has been adjourned until 21 April 2015.