£18,000 bill for company over water pollution incident

A Swindon company which polluted the Ray and Thames rivers has been ordered to pay £13,000 for the clean-up costs incurred by the Thames Water Authority. Thomas Try Ltd were also ordered to pay over £4,600 in interest and costs by Mr Justice Cantley in a hearing in the High Court on 25 November.

The pollution incident occurred in January 1976, when 40,000 gallons of toxic chromium waste escaped from Thomas Try's plant at the Hawkesworth Trading Estate, leading to the closure of a water supply intake and expensive clean-up operations.

In addition to its compensation payments, the company was fined the then maximum of £400 in January 1977.

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