Two Yorkshire poultry companies have been ordered to pay almost £20k in costs and damages to London-based Bakers Basco.

Chicken processors Al-Ummah Halal Poultry Ltd of Barnsley, and Ijaz Halal Poultry Ltd of Bradford, have been ordered to collectively pay nearly £20,000 in damages and costs to bakery equipment company Bakers Basco for using its bread baskets and other equipment to transport their products without permission.

Al-Ummah was ordered to pay £15,716 in damages and costs and Ijaz ordered to pay £3,500 in damages. They were also made jointly liable to pay the awarded legal costs if Al-Ummah did not do so.

Both businesses were made subject of indefinite restraining injunctions to prevent them from using the equipment in the future.

District Judge Branchflower also ordered that Bakers Basco be given the ongoing right to inspect both companies’ premises without advance warning to check for future equipment misuse.

Court proceedings had previously been issued against Al-Ummah by Bakers Basco over similar offences, resulting in the firm being subject to an earlier injunction that had subsequently expired. Historically it had made payments totalling £31,806.53 in damages and costs, which means the company will have paid Bakers Basco more than £50,000

“Our baskets and dollies are designed for one sole purpose and that is to transport bread safely, cost-effectively and in an environmentally-friendly way,” said Steve Millward, general manager at Bakers Basco.

“When people divert them for their own use, it not only has a knock-on effect on the bakers who pay to license them, but also on retailers and, at the end of the day, Joe Public, all of whom end up footing the bill for the actions of a small minority.”