Why Natural England was forced to bear the bulk of the cost of a SSSI prosecution

Why was Natural England only able to recoup 0.5% of the funds it spent pursuing a two-year investigation that led to a successful prosecution of a farmer who had laid a track through a protected site without the regulator’s consent? James Agyepong-Parsons investigates

by James Agyepong-Parsons
Photograph: A farmer from Pickering in North Yorkshire illegally built a track across the Newtondale SSSI. Photograph: Natural England
Photograph: A farmer from Pickering in North Yorkshire illegally built a track across the Newtondale SSSI. Photograph: Natural England

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