A Devon dairy farmer has been fined for waste and pollution offences.
On 12 April, Peter Willes pleaded guilty at North Devon magistrates court to three charges: two of causing polluting matter to enter controlled waters and one of depositing controlled waste on land. For breaching the Water Resources Act 1991 and section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, he was fined £19,500 with £4,190 costs.
The offences occurred in early 2010 at Beckland Farm in Devon, which is located beside the Tintagel-Marsland-Clovelly coast special area of conservation and the Marsland to Clovelly site of special scientific interest. The farm is one of the largest in north Devon with a herd of more than 2,000 cattle and a cheese factory.