‘Negligent’ farmer prosecuted for toxic pollution in SSSI

A farmer who repeatedly polluted a stream in a Northamptonshire site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with cattle waste has been fined.

Last week, Andrew Colinswood of Salcey Green Farm, Hanslope, pleaded guilty to a permitting offence after allowing farm waste to contaminate a tributary of the River Great Ouse in Salcey Forest – a conservation area visited by 250,000 walkers, cyclists, horse riders and tourists every year.

Northampton Magistrates Court heard that Colinswood had been negligent and breached environmental regulations when last April, two lagoons on his farm filled up with farmyard runoff, including raw cattle waste, before spilling over into connected drainage ditches which flowed into the stream.

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