Yorkshire Water fined £600,000

Yorkshire Water has been heavily fined for ‘reckless’ practice after sewage leaked into a waterway killing one hundred fish

The company was also ordered to pay £28,078 in legal costs. Photograph: Environment AgencyYorkshire Water has been fined £600,000 for polluting a stream with sewage which then flowed onto a beach in North Yorkshire.

The company was sentenced on 13 July at Leeds Crown Court.

Sentencing, Judge Khokhar said Yorkshire Water had been reckless rather than just negligent. One hundred dead fish were counted in the Staithes waterway where sewage had leaked out from a poorly-maintained storage facility in July 2015.

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