A MAN was fined after failing to secure hay bales properly when moving them with a tractor.

Charles Stevenson, of Hett Mill, near Durham, was sentenced at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 3.

The 34-year-old was accused of carrying a farm equipment and straw bales on his Massey Ferguson tractor in a way that was likely to be dangerous or a nuisance.

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It relates to an incident on September 30 last year, when he was travelling on the A688 near Spennymoor.

He also faced a charge of driving a Massey Ferguson and trailer without the correct registration mark.

Both offences were proved using the single justice procedure during the hearing on Tuesday.

Stevenson was fined £220, told to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and to pay costs of £90.

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