Man admits Derby Crown Court steps dirt protest

Trailer outside Derby Crown Court
Image caption Charles Hirons apologised "unreservedly" for dumping the muck outside Derby Crown Court

A man has been fined more than £1,200 after several tonnes of muck was spread across the steps of a crown court.

Charles Hirons used a tractor and muck spreader to cover the steps of Derby Crown Court on the 17 January.

Prosecutors said the action was a "deliberate insult to justice."

Hirons, 49, of Nottingham Road, Draycott, Derbyshire, admitted criminal damage and apologised "unreservedly" for what happened.

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Police said Hirons turned up at about 07:10 GMT on 17 January to dump the muck, leaving a red Massey Ferguson tractor and spreader on the pavement.

Officers said it took council workers hours to clean up.

A note left in the window of the tractor cab suggested the muck spreading was a protest against a "severely flawed judicial system."

Hirons was ordered to pay £446 in fines and £667 to Derby City Council for the clean-up and prosecution costs.

He was also given a parking ticket, which he said was further "salt in the wound."

Image caption A note was left inside the abandoned vehicle offering an explanation for the action

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