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Trevor Beale at Poole magistrates court.
A millionaire who butchered protected trees that blocked out the sunlight to his two balconies and patio has been ordered to pay almost £60,000.
Trevor Beale breached a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) by destroying the canopies of the 60ft tall Scots Pines at the back of his luxury home in Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset.
In doing so he improved the natural light on his property's rear patio and two balconies as well as increased the value of his £1.2m property by 3.5 per cent.
Beale, 58, should have sought permission from the local authority before carrying out work on the mature trees, one of which was in a neighbouring garden.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of contravening tree preservation regulations at a previous hearing.