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Farm boss accused of destroying otter and water vole sites

PUBLISHED: 12:57 15 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:59 15 October 2020

Paul Rackham has appeared in court charged with a number of environmental offences          Photo: Sonya Duncan

Paul Rackham has appeared in court charged with a number of environmental offences Photo: Sonya Duncan

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The director of a farming company is accused of destroying otter and water vole shelters and breeding sites.

Paul Rackham and Paul Rackham Ltd have been accused of destroying otter and vole breeding sites    Photo: Simon Parker/Archant.Paul Rackham and Paul Rackham Ltd have been accused of destroying otter and vole breeding sites Photo: Simon Parker/Archant.

Paul Rackham senior, 84, of Manor Farm, Bridgham, Norfolk is charged with two counts of damaging/destroying otter and water vole shelters at Diss between October 1 2018 and December 31 2018.

He also faces a charge of damaging/destroying a breeding site of a protected European species, a water vole and otter, between the same dates.

Paul Rackham Ltd is been charged with the same three offences, as well as acting in contravention of an environmental permit on or before February 13 2019 at Lodge Farm Estate, Gasthorpe, near Diss.

Rackham senior and the company also face an allegation of felling growing trees without a licence, prosecuted by the Environment Agency.

The case was mentioned at Norwich Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 15 when Rackham Senior and two other directors appeared in court.

No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned until February 15 2021 at the same court.


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