25 March 1999
Farmer fined for water pollution

By FWi staff

A CUMBRIAN farmer was fined £2000 today (Thursday) for polluting a watercourse with slurry.

Henry William Fisher was also ordered to pay £664 costs to the Environment Agency ,which brought the prosecution, after pleading guilty to causing pollution.

Carlisle magistrates heard that the agency was contacted following reports of a large amount of slurry on the A69 near Brampton, Cumbria, last May.

Agency officer Terry Hindle investigated and found the road covered with slurry which was entering the roadside drains and discharging into a beck.

The court was told that the pollution was traced to Temon Farm, where slurry was flowing from a large and poorly-designed slurry store.

A wall had collapsed, allowing an estimated 30,000 gallons of slurry to escape into the farmyard, down a bank and into Poltross Beck.

The beck was heavily contaminated for about three-quarters of a mile before the local council and fire services built a dam across the watercourse.