£500,000 fine for raw sewage pollution in protected park

Severn Trent Water has been fined £500,000 for polluting a park with thousands of gallons of raw sewage, in what Natural England says was one of the worst cases of damage to a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) it has witnessed.

The water firm was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday for the incident which took place in November 2013, affecting Sutton Park in the West Midlands. The company was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £50,693 and a victim surcharge of £120.

A blockage in Severn Trent’s sewer system led to sewage spreading across 1.15 hectares of land and entering a ditch, enabling it to travel 700 metres into Longmoor Brook within the park.

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