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Petition plea for farmer charged over River Lugg works

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Petition plea for farmer charged over River Lugg works

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Saturday, 19 March 2022

West Mercia Police

An online petition has been launched urging support for a Herefordshire farmer who carried out river works along the protected River Lugg.

John Price, a potato, cereal and beef farmer from Day House Farm, Kingsland, is facing 10 charges from government agencies related to causing “unconsented operations and causing damage to a site of special scientific interest [SSSI]”.

The Environment Agency and Natural England have announced joint legal action against Mr Price, claiming the banks of the Lugg were “damaged in December 2020 causing suspected significant and long-term ecological harm”.

Mr Price has been summoned to appear at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on 18 May for a plea and case hearing. He is expected to deny all the charges.

Ahead of the hearing, a petition – entitled “Bridge over troubled water” – has been launched on change.org by Robert Harris, a fellow farmer from Orleton, near Leominster.

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