Poultry firm held liable for contractor's plumbing error

A contractor's error has provided no defence for a Lincolnshire poultry firm charged with polluting a drainage dyke.

The pollution incident occurred last April, when a National Rivers Authority (NRA) inspector found the ditch, at Anwick, near Sleaford, to be red and septic with blood. The pollution was traced to the premises of G W Padley (Poultry), where investigations attributed it to a wrongly connected drain.

Waste spilled from the company's blood tank had drained into a nearby gully, which had been joined to a surface water drain rather than to sew

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