Death by chocolate
Over 2,500 fish died in the Leeds Liverpool Canal following an illegal discharge by a Blackburn chocolate factory. In August, Glisten Company pleaded guilty to a charge of causing polluting matter to enter the canal and was fined £4,000, with costs of £500. The court heard that the minty smelling effluent polluted 3.5 kilometres of the canal after leaking through a faulty seal. The fire brigade, British Waterways and the Environment Agency co-operated in an operation to pump oxygen into the watercourse.