Farmer fined for assaulting Environment Agency officer

An Environment Agency officer was assaulted when checking on the progress of a notice requiring illegal waste to be removed from a farm

It is illegal to block an Environment Agency officer in the operation of their duties. Photograph: Maciej Bledowski/123RFA Dorset farmer has been fined after he assaulted an Environment Agency (EA) officer during a farm visit near Poole.

In a case heard by Bournemouth magistrates court on 8 December, David House was fined £200 for obstruction and assault by beating, as well as £165 costs and £50 compensation.

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