TWO Trago Mills stores in the Westcountry, including the outlet in the Glyn Valley near Liskeard, have won a £120,000 reduction to a fine imposed on them last year.

The company had the fine for dumping and burning waste reduced following a hearing at Exeter Crown Court

Trago Mills appealed against a fine of £185,000 imposed by South Devon Magistrates in September after pleading guilty to five offences of illegally depositing and disposing of waste at sites near Newton Abbot and Liskeard. 

After reviewing the original sentence, Judge Graham Cottle reduced the fine to £65,000.

The court was told the company had incurred clean-up costs of almost £500,000.

Trago chairman Bruce Robertson (pictured) said: 'Trago Mills is relieved that the crown court has corrected a grave injustice.

'Trago accepted from the first moment there had been failings in its systems and did all in its power to put those right as soon as it was brought to the company's attention.'