Pickering farmer fined over his manure and slurry
2:44pm 19th March 2010
A North Yorkshire farmer, who stockpiled hundreds of tonnes of manure and slurry on his land, has been ordered to pay £10,000 in fines and court costs.
45 year John Andrew Cockerill of Pickering pleaded guilty to two offences relating to the huge amounts of animal waste kept on his land.
It caused a problem after heavy rain washed it into a neighbouring home and the manure polluted the beck.
He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £6,296 in compensation to the Environment Agency for the clean-up operation on his land.
Cockerill also was ordered to pay £1,704 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the case, environment officer Jim Richards said:
"About 240 tonnes of manure was kept on the land, up to 10ft deep in places.
Our approach always is to work with farmers and we tried to work with Mr Cockerill over a long period of time.
Enforcement was necessary in this case and we hope it sends out a clear message about the importance of dealing with slurry and manure correctly, particularly in sensitive landscapes such as the North York Moors National Park."
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