A Lancashire man has been fined after denying riders access to a bridleway for more than 25 years.

William Ellison, 72, of Collin’s Hill Lane in Chipping, was found guilty on two charges of obstructing a bridleway running across his land. He was ordered to pay £200 for each obstruction, plus £600 costs at Preston magistrates court on 30 May.

British Horse Society (BHS) regional access officer Chris Peat hailed the court’s decision.

“This is a great victory,” she said. “This will hopefully send the message to other awkward landowners that making rights of way impossible to use by the public can be extremely expensive.”