A man has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and has had his vehicle seized after he ‘recklessly’ drove through a farmer’s field and damaged crops.
Mark James Hughes, 33, of Eden Street, Horden, Durham, was found guilty of criminal damage at Northallerton Magistrates Court.
The court heard how Hughes had driven a Land Rover Discovery on to a field in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, where it got stuck and ‘buried into the mud to axle depth’.
Hughes was seen nearby, and subsequently interviewed by officers from North Yorkshire Police.
The field was due to be replanted, but because the vehicle had driven over it, it could no longer be drilled, due to the risk of contaminants.
Hughes was disqualified from driving for six months, deprived of the Land Rover Discovery, and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation.
PC Arfan Rahouf, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “Hughes’ thoughtless and reckless actions caused substantial inconvenience and financial loss to a farm business. The vehicle was so badly stuck that even a tractor struggled to get it out.
“The compensation, driving ban, and loss of the vehicle will send a clear message that this behaviour is absolutely unacceptable to North Yorkshire’s rural communities, and police will deal with such incidents robustly.”