The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has demanded Conwy Borough Council conducts a full investigation into its decision to pursue aggressively a case against a Great Orme farmer.

The case against the farmer Dan Jones collapsed during a court hearing in Llandudno.

Mr Jones, who is a FUW member, who became a tenant of the National Trust’s Parc Farm on the Great Orme in 2016, had originally faced 20 charges. But when the council decided to drop charges and abandon the case on Friday June 7, district judge Gwyn Jones told Mr Jones: "Your good name remains."

A spokesman for the FUW said: “To pay for his legal defence Mr Jones, who is married with a young son, has had to borrow £50,000 from his family, as well as selling 300 sheep and farm machinery, and despite the case having collapsed, there is little prospect of any costs awarded by the court coming close to covering the Jones’ expenses.”

In a letter to conwy council chief executive, Iwan Davies, the FUW accused the council of having adopted an aggressive approach, which seemed to stand in stark contrast to those adopted by most local authorities.

The spokesman added: “As matters progressed, it became clear to those who have dealt with other such cases across Wales the Council had taken a decision to pursue Mr Jones in what has rightly been compared to a witch hunt.”

The letter highlights the financial and mental impact for Mr Jones’ family has been tremendous and will have long lasting effects on him, his wife, son and their wider family. It adds the approach adopted by the council has also brought it into significant disrepute locally, and across the UK, with the case being reported in national newspapers.

The letter concludes: “Given such an array of damaging impacts, both on a personal level for the Jones family and a reputational level for the Council, we believe a full investigation into the decision to pursue this case and the methods adopted by council officials is warranted, and that this should be instigated as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for Conwy County Borough Council said: “Responsibility for enforcement rests with local councils, and when we receive complaints from members of the public concerning unrecovered animal carcasses, or have concerns relating to the movement of livestock, we have a duty to investigate.

“A prosecuting authority is also under a duty to continually review the evidence as a trial proceeds and, in this case, the council made the appropriate decision to withdraw.

“We are able to confirm that we have received a letter from the Farmers’ Union of Wales to which we will be responding direct.”