Three farms fined for water pollution

Three farms in the south and east of England racked up more than £30,000 in fines and costs over two days in December, following guilty pleas in water pollution prosecutions.

APT Farming Ltd of Elm Farm near Eye in Suffolk was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,300 costs on 15 December, after a spillage from a fertiliser mixing tank killed more than 500 fish in nearby Wickham Hall lake in February 2008. Ammonia levels downstream of the discharge were 603 times normal levels.

Bury St Edmunds magistrates also ordered the firm to pay £2,600 for restocking the lake, which flows into the river

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