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Judi Lynn

(161,325 posts)
Wed May 29, 2024, 05:46 AM May 29

Millionaire faces massive fine after bulldozing over mile of waterway near home: 'Ecological vandalism on an industrial

"In truth, no amount of money will bring the habitats and species back."

By Mike Taylor
May 29, 2024

Photo Credit: Getty Images

If flood risk is your problem, the solution is not to remove trees and other wildlife habitat. Just ask this millionaire, who ended up behind bars for doing just that.

John Price, a wealthy U.K. farmer, landed a one-year jail sentence last year, The Independent reported, though he served only 11 weeks after the punishment was cut to 10 months. His crime was dredging the bed and removing trees along one mile of the River Lugg in Herefordshire, England, in 2020. He apparently did not learn from it, as he was fined again in January for having trees, including some as old as 50 years, cut down in 2022.

The second offense was not as serious as the previous one, and it resulted in a £2,060 judgment. Price felled 41.7 cubic meters of trees, more than eight times what is allowed by the Forestry Act 1967, the Hereford Times reported.

The River Lugg is a Site of Special Scientific Interest; Price said he was trying to prevent flooding on his and other properties during the offense for which he was jailed in 2023. He was ordered to pay £655,000 for restoration work and £600,000 in prosecution costs and was banned from being a company director for three years. He is reportedly worth £25 million.

Judge Ian Strongman of Kidderminster Magistrates Court said Price committed "ecological vandalism on an industrial scale" by creating "a canal devoid of life." The area is home to otters, kingfishers, trout, salmon, and other fauna.


Nice work, dipstick.

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(34,941 posts)
1. That was an incredibly stupid thing to do.
Wed May 29, 2024, 06:40 AM
May 29

All the dirt that washes into the canal will cause further problems downstream. "Dipstick" should have to pay to fix those problems, too.


(6,492 posts)
3. He is worth 25 million, find 1.0 million a bargain at ten times the fine. That is how millionaires calculate.
Wed May 29, 2024, 07:22 AM
May 29

How many generations of researchers and residents will lose what was valuable on that section of river?

This will continue to happen worldwide until the fines and incarceration make it hurt. And it's not worthwhile.


(52,320 posts)
4. Yes they see it just as the cost of doing business.
Wed May 29, 2024, 07:28 AM
May 29

They factor the fines and penalties into the cost of committing their crimes.


(12,791 posts)
5. -- make it not worthwhile. England does that with motor vehicle fines. I recall years ago,
Wed May 29, 2024, 08:17 AM
May 29

Princess Ann was fined a couple'a thousand pounds for a speeding violation. The fine was in proportion to her wealth.


(14,144 posts)
6. I believe they do that in Nordic countries. One guy got a speeding fine equivalent to $36,000....ouch! nt
Wed May 29, 2024, 08:48 AM
May 29


(10,570 posts)
7. Oh yeah, a pile of mud and dirt is just so pretty?
Wed May 29, 2024, 09:43 AM
May 29

A mud covered, empty dirt bank is much more appealing than a wildlife habitat with trees and vegetation?

What an idiot. These people think that blank empty landscapes are orderly and beautiful. Much like Malaria destroyed the rose garden, taking out slightly disorganized flowering beauty and replacing it with hardscape and concrete.

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