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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 October, 2003, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Farmer faces jail in footpath row
A Cumbrian farmer is facing jail in a row over a blocked footpath.

A court issued a warrant for the arrest of Thomas Ireland, who farms on land at Ennerdale, near Cleator Moor, after he repeatedly failed to appear to answer charges of blocking the public footpath.

The Lake District National Park Authority began proceedings against Mr Ireland in 1999 for blocking a public footpath near his home at Whins Farm in Ennerdale.

On Wednesday counsel for the authority, Matthew Stockwell told Carlisle County Court that despite six attempts to resolve the matter, Mr Ireland has failed to appear to answer any charges.

The court heard that papers were served at his farm in September, but had to be pushed under the back door because the front door was obstructed.

The court has now issued Mr Ireland with a committal order for 14 days.

He has also been ordered to pay court costs of 5,452.




SEE ALSO:
'Overgrown' footpath fears
03 Jun 03  |  Hereford/Worcs
Paths closure plan under attack
06 May 03  |  South Yorkshire


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