A doctor has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 for killing large trees by poisoning them at his property at Stone in Staffordshire.
Dr Stephen Hearing admitted three charges relating to the poisoning of a Lime and a Copper Beech tree and to damaging another Copper Beech tree, which were the subject of Tree Preservation Orders.
Dr Hearing, 47, who is now living in Derby, pleaded guilty to charges under the Town and Country Planning Act.
Stafford Borough Council was contacted by a tree surgeon who was asked to do some work on trees at the property and suspected they were subject to a preservation order.
The 47-year-old told the council in interview that he had poisoned the trees but his intention was to limit the growth of leaves to allow more light into his home.
Sentencing him, magistrates' chairman Richard Thomas, said the defendant had caused the loss of “magnificent trees”.
The family of a 22-year-old who died after being stabbed have said they are at a "loss for words" as they struggle to cope with the tragedy.
Connan McLeod, from Stone, Staffordshire, died from a serious stab wound after an incident in Whitemill Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Stafford man Daniel Allott, 26, of Bagots Lane, has been charged with his murder and has been remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court tomorrow.
Connan's father Robert thanked police for their quick response, and everyone who shared information to help with the investigation.
Words cannot explain how we feel at this moment in time, at the loss of Connan. Family and friends are at a loss for words.
We would like to thank [everyone] for their words of condolence and support at this tragic time.
A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder, after an investigation into the death of a man in Stone, Staffordshire, on Saturday morning.
22-year-old Connon McLeod, from Stone, was found in Whitemill Lane early on Saturday morning.
Daniel Alllot, from Bagots Oak, Stafford, is due to apear at Cannock Magistrates' Court this morning, charged with his murder.
Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Connan McLeod in Stone, Staffordshire yesterday.
Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight after reports a man had suffered a serious stab wound.
A murder investigation is underway after the death of a man in Stone this morning.
Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight after reports a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.
The victim was confirmed dead at the scene. A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
A murder investigation has been launched in Staffordshire after the death of a man in Stone this morning.
Police were called out to Whitemill Lane at 12:20am to reports that a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.
The man was confirmed dead at the scene.
Officers say a weapon was also recovered and an autopsy will take place later today.
A 29-year-old man from Stone was arrested in connection with the incident at around 2:50am this morning.
An elderly couple who died in a house fire in Stone, Staffordshire, have been formally identified as 86-year-old Peter Goffe and his wife Beryl, who was 85.
The pair died yesterday evening after fire crews were called to reports of a blaze at their home in Lichfield Road.
Det Sgt Stuart Carter from Staffordshire Police said the fire, thought to have started in a bedroom, was not being treated as suspicious.
Flowers have been left outside a house in Stone, Staffordshire, where an elderly couple were killed in a fire overnight.
Emergency crews were called to reports of a fire at a house on Lichfield Road at 6.45pm yesterday.
A man and a woman, aged in their 80s, were pulled from the smoke-filled property but could not be resuscitated, and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are now investigating the cause of the blaze.
Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman who died in a house fire in Stone in Staffordshire.
Emergency crews were called to a property in the town yesterday evening, but the two people could not be saved.
Staffordshire Police are now investigating, and have released this statement.