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Cumbria Tycoon fined £1 million

A business tycoon has been ordered to pay almost £1 million in fines and costs after damaging ancient woodland on his land in Cumbria.

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Business tycoon fined over woodland damage in Cumbria

A business tycoon has been ordered to pay almost £1 million in fines and costs after damaging ancient woodland on his land in Cumbria.

A court heard how Philip Day, owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill chain of shops, had tried to use the "power of his wealth to avoid responsibility".

Mr Day has been fined £450,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £475,000. His own defence legal costs are not known.

Mr Day, 47, whose firm has a turnover of £240 million, admitted two counts of damaging Gelt Woods, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Natural England, a quango with responsibility to protect the environment, brought the prosecution after it said he caused unauthorised damaging work to be carried out on the site, which is protected.

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