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Hornchurch quad biker fined for driving through nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 13:50 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 20 January 2016

Dagnam Manor Nature Reserve Picture: Google Maps

Dagnam Manor Nature Reserve Picture: Google Maps

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Two quad bikers who rode their vehicles through Dagnam Manor Nature Reserve have been ordered to pay more than £1,600.

Vincent Spence, 34, from Hornchurch, and 37-year-old Gary Franchin, of Pilgrims Hatch, pleaded guilty to three offences including obstruction and driving without insurance at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday.

Six points were added to the driving licenses of both men. Spence will pay £1,045 including a fine, court costs and victim surcharge while Franchin will pay £570.

Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said: “This should act as a clear deterrent to anyone who thinks we will not protect our beautiful award winning parks and open spaces from people who do not respect them.

“The message is clear, if you do not show respect for the environment, the penalties will be severe.”

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