Tougher guidelines raised corporate environmental fines

Organisations breaching environmental rules in England and Wales have been subject to harsher sentences, but individuals carrying out serious offences may have gotten off more lightly

Most environmental prosecutions were heard in magistrates courts in England and Wales. Photograph: Paul Wishart/123RFTougher sentencing guidelines have successfully increased fines for companies breaching environmental law in England and Wales but not for errant individuals, a report has found.

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