Farmer damaged Offa's Dyke with quad bike then blamed it on his sheep

Started by gash, July 22, 2019, 11:17:22 pm

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A farmer who damaged the ancient monument Offa's Dyke and then tried to blame his sheep has been ordered to pay more than £2,000.

Richard Pugh, 35, suggested livestock were responsible for a seven-metre-wide gap in the historic path marking the boundary between England and Wales.

He later admitted that the erosion to the earthwork, which is believed to date from the 8th Century, was caused by quad bikes and machinery at his farm in Powys.

Judge Rhys Rowlands described Pugh's original explanation as "unbelievably ridiculous" during the sentencing hearing at Mold Crown Court.

"This is a monument of national, indeed it doesn't overstate it to say international, importance," the judge said. "It's quite plain to me you would have known of that.

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