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Dairy farming company fined for dumping mud

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.

A420 between Gablecross police station and Old Vicarage Lane
Mud was dumped on the A420 between Gablecross police station and Old Vicarage Lane. Credit: Google Maps

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.

– PC Sarah Cooper, Wiltshire Police


Firefighters to remain at Swindon fire for several days

Averies Recycling Centre
The fire at Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate has been burning since Monday afternoon. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Hunt continues for escaped wallaby in Wiltshire

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.

Wanda has been on the run since 2nd July.
Wanda has been on the run since 2nd July. Credit: Phil Brady
She escaped from her home in Mildenhall
She escaped from her home in Mildenhall near Marlborough. Credit: Phil Brady
She's travelled more than 20 miles
She's travelled more than 20 miles by crossing rivers, fields and roads. Credit: Phil Brady

A Facebook group called 'The Wiltshire Wallaby Watch' has been set up to keep track of sightings of Wanda.


Bristol FGM campaigner to attend summit in London

Fahma Mohamed
Fahma Mohamed Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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