A FENSTANTON man has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,300 in costs after being found guilty of failing to report that his livestock had been slaughtered and failing to notify authorities of the movement of those animals prior to their slaughter. St

A FENSTANTON man has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,300 in costs after being found guilty of failing to report that his livestock had been slaughtered and failing to notify authorities of the movement of those animals prior to their slaughter.

Steven Booth from Fen Lane, a former licensee of the King William IV pub in Fenstanton, was also convicted of obstruction after failing to co-operate with a Trading Standards investigation into the allegations against him.

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards Officer Jeremy Adams said: "Trading Standards has an important role to play in ensuring that meat which enters the human food chain is safe for consumption - this role also helps protect the British meat industry by reassuring the public that the meat they eat is safe and that animal by-products are disposed of appropriately.

"The legislation requires local authorities - through Trading Standards - to monitor records of slaughter and to ensure animal movements are reported, so that if an animal disease outbreak occurs, the movement of the diseased animals could be traced and the spread of the disease contained, which also helps generate confidence in the farming community."