Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

British Farming Awards

CropTec

LAMMA 2018

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days
Already a Member?

Login | Join us now

Award-winning farmer hit with hefty fines after polluting beck with burned animal blood

An award-winning farmer has been hit with hefty fines for environmental breaches which turned a waterway into a stinking hazard.



Twitter Facebook
Twitter Facebook
IMAGE: Gazette Live
IMAGE: Gazette Live

Adam Metcalfe and his company AWSM Recycling were responsible for a catalogue of errors which killed fish and other aquatic animals in Teesside, a court heard.


In two cases, pollutants leaked from storage tanks; once the company mistakenly used a carcinogenic as a fertiliser; and also burned banned blood waste from animals was spread on farmland in Stillington , near Stockton , but too much was used, and it leaked into a nearby beck.

 

Prosecutor Craig Hassall told Teesside Crown Court that Metcalfe, 37, and his company had failed to heed warnings going back as far as March 2012.

 

He said the married father had “become reckless” by the end of the four-year period during which the offences were committed - from 2011 to 2015.

 

Lee Fish, mitigating, said Metcalfe and the company had spent a huge amount of money to rectify their practises, and had been trouble-free for two years.

 

Metcalfe, of Lane Head Farm, Hutton Magna, in Teesdale, was fined a total of £1,000 and AWSM - of which he is a sole director - was fined £20,000.


Read More

Farmer fined £1,200 after dead sheep left to rot on his land Farmer fined £1,200 after dead sheep left to rot on his land
Farmer fined £145k following worker AD plant death Farmer fined £145k following worker AD plant death
Farmer fined £20,000 after walker was trampled by cattle Farmer fined £20,000 after walker was trampled by cattle
Farmer fined £23,000 for cattle records breach Farmer fined £23,000 for cattle records breach
Farmer fined after pregnant ewe left for dead Farmer fined after pregnant ewe left for dead

More

The court heard that the incidents happened on some of his own 5,000 acres, as well as land at Stainton, in Middlesbrough, Sadberge and Gainford, near Darlington.

 

Mr Fish told Judge Stephen Ashurst: “This catalogue of offending was committed because there were insufficient management controls in place at that time.

 

“Your honour can conclude with confidence that something completely extraordinary would have to occur for this defendant to trouble a court again.”

 

John Crowl, of the Environment Agency, said after the case: “Environmental permits are there to protect our communities and the environment and both AWSM Recycling and Adam Metcalfe flouted these permits for a significant period of time.

 

Impact

 

“Their neglect led to serious pollution incidents which impacted on nearby streams and killed fish and invertebrates.

 

“This has been a lengthy and complicated investigation by our environment officers and we’re pleased this has now been dealt with by the court. I hope this sends out the message to others that if they fail to abide by environmental laws then we will take action.”

 

Metcalfe admitted three offences against environmental legislation, and the company pleaded guilty to a further six counts.

 

Judge Ashurst said the breaches had “a demonstrable impact on the environment” and added: “The fact there were three consecutively highlights serious failings in the monitoring, supervision and reporting of these particular problems.”

 

He said: “His behaviour since and the track record of the company gives this court very much more confidence than it does in many other situations, that here is a man who has not cut corners for financial reasons.

 

“The proof of the pudding is to look at the last two years when there have been no incidents whatsoever.”

Twitter Facebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS