Landowners have been reminded about the danger of keeping their property in a state of disrepair.

This week, Warrington property developer Newbury Homes was fined £32,900 at Wigan Magistrates Court for failing to clean up the site of a former bakery it owns, close to Wigan town centre.

The firm was first told to clean up its rubbish-strewn site, at the partly-demolished Twiss Bakery buildings, in June 2009. But despite previous convictions, the firm has "persistently failed" to take any action.

Surrounded by heaps of rubble and damaged security fencing, the site has been used for drug-taking and there have been instances of arson.

Wigan Council's Environment Champion, councillor David Molyneux, said: "I've said before that the state of the old bakery is a disgrace and blights a major route into our town.

"I pledged after the last court hearing that we would pursue this company until the site is cleared. The court's substantial fine of over £33,000 sends the strongest signal possible that we expect action."

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