Saddleworth Moor is on fire

Saddleworth moor and the surrounding moorlands are currently on fire and have been for the last few days. They have just evacuated the first homes in Carrybrook, Stalybridge, as the fire is starting to reach some residential areas. The fire fighters are struggling to get it under control due to the conditions. They are working with the local landowners, the rangers and united utilities but haven't managed to stop it yet. It is said to be one of the biggest moorland fires in recent history.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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