Farmer fined for Spital stream pollution

A Lincolnshire farmer has been ordered to pay more than £14,000 after being convicted of polluting a stream.

Ronald Duguid, 69, admitted allowing slurry from manure heaps at Home Farm near Market Rasen to discharge into Black Dyke.

The Environment Agency said it brought the prosecution after finding that water downstream from a discharge pipe was opaque and "clearly polluted".

Duguid was fined £8,000 and told to pay £6,425 costs by Lincoln magistrates.

He trades as Adam M Duguid and Son at the farm in the village of Spital in the Street.

In mitigation, his lawyer told the court that the farm had since invested in "new systems" to prevent future pollution.

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