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The first boater has been fined under a tough new byelaw banning mooring in Richmond upon Thames.

The byelaw means it is a criminal offence to moor up to council owned or managed land.

The owner of a barge which was illegally moored at The Ham Lands Nature Reserve was fined at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court under the new powers.

The court heard that
Andrew Haddon persistently ignored the council and police’s joint enforcement action to remove his barge. His barge had been moored at Ham Lands for four consecutive days in May - where vessels can remain for no longer than one hour.

Haddon also moored his boat permanently off Broom Road in the borough – but failed to register his vessel with the Environment Agency.

Haddon, 61, originally told council enforcement officers that he was unaware that mooring at The Ham Lands was permitted for no longer than one hour. He claimed he was under the impression that 24-hour mooring was allowed. He later pleaded guilty to three offences under the new byelaw which was passed earlier this year.

Haddon was handed a £270 fine for his offences and the Council awarded £100 towards court costs. The amount due to be paid reflected the fact that he is already paying off approximately £2,000 in fines and costs on a monthly basis for illegally mooring his barge, ‘Karadeana II’ and a second unnamed vessel. Haddon has not been in breach of the byelaw since his previous offence committed in May.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said: [This] is a ground-breaking prosecution and the first of its kind in London. For years the Council has worked for a byelaw to clampdown on this problem and we were delighted when the Government finally gave its approval earlier this year."

Story dated July 25th 2015