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A dairy farming company in Swindon has been fined more than £550 for dumping mud onto a highway, which later caused a Road Traffic Collision.
Joseph Enterprises were found guilty of depositing mud onto a main road without lawful authority or a proper excuse.
Shortly after 8am on October 16th 2013, a motorcyclist lost control of his bike after hitting mud which had been left along the A420 between Old Vicarage Road and Gablecross Police Station.
When police attended the scene they found it to be so dangerous that the road was immediately closed.
Jonathan Joseph, of Lotmead Farm, pleaded not guilty on behalf of Joseph Enterprises but the company was found guilty during a hearing at North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court yesterday.
The company was fined £500, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and £620 in costs.
– PC Sarah Cooper, Wiltshire Police
This case should act as a stark warning that we are actively prosecuting farmers who leave roads in such a dangerous condition.
In this case, the motorcyclist only received minor injuries but it could have been much worse.
Not only did the actions of the farmer cause the road traffic collision, it also caused a main route into Swindon to be closed during rush hour which affected a large amount of people.
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of a fire in Swindon for the next few days after a thousand tonnes of rubbish caught alight.
Six crews were called to Averies Recycling Centre just before six yesterday evening.
Smoke is continuing to rise from the site, which is being monitored by Public Health England and the Environment Agency. They say there is no impact on public health but residents are being advised to keep their windows shut, especially if they suffer from breathing problems.
– Environment Agency spokesperson
There have been a number of large-scale mixed waste fires during recent months which have led to Air Quality Cells being established because of the duration and potential impact on public health.
Today’s monitoring shows brief spikes in levels of particulate matter but, overall, levels are below the point at which they may impact public health.
Our analysis of other pollutants has not identified any potential for an impact on public health. We continue to advise that people in the affected areas should minimise their exposure to the smoke where possible.
An escaped wallaby is still giving police and RSPCA the run-around in Wiltshire.
Wanda has been on the loose since 2nd July after escaping from her home in Mildenhall near Marlborough.
She has repeatedly evaded capture and travelled more than 20 miles by crossing rivers, fields and roads.
Viewer Phil Brady has managed to photograph Wanda. The following pictures were taken at Pewsey Vale between Pewsey and Marlborough.
A Facebook group called 'The Wiltshire Wallaby Watch' has been set up to keep track of sightings of Wanda.
Swindon-born table tennis player Hannah Hicks is determined to serve up some medal success at the Commonwealth Games. The 23 year-old suffered heartache when she narrowly missed out on team bronze at the Delhi Games four years ago. She's competing in the women's team event again but aims to go one better this time.
Details of work to prevent future flooding in part of Gloucestershire will be revealed later today.
The Environment Agency has agreed to remove silt from rivers in the Tewkesbury area to cut the risk of flooding, and protect homes and businesses.
Tasers should only be used in the most exceptional circumstances. That's the finding of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, in a report on the use of the defence weapon by forces.
A policeman in Wiltshire, PC Lee Birch, was recently cleared of ABH and misconduct for Tasering a naked suspect.
A teenager from Bristol will be attending the Girl Summit in London today, which aims to end Female Genital Mutilation - or FGM - within a generation.
Fahma Mohamed, who's 17, recently persuaded the Government to contact every school about the tradition, which is illegal in the UK but still practised among the region's African communities.