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An abattoir owner has admitted criminal charges connected to the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Peter Boddy, 65, who runs a slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to abide by EU meat traceability regulations in relation to 17 horse carcasses at Southwark Crown Court.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.

At an earlier hearing, Mr Boddy pleaded guilty to failing to comply with food safety regulations, which state the source of meat should be traceable from farm to fork.

He admitted selling 50 horses for meat but failing to keep proper records to show who bought them.

David Moss, manager of the slaughterhouse, admitted the forgery of an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction on 12 February 2013.

Both men were bailed to reappear for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on 23 March.