South West Water fined after repeat sewage spill at popular Devon beach

South West Water has been ordered to pay more than £60,000 for polluting a popular beach with raw sewage after a court ruled the firm should have done more to prevent history repeating itself, following a similar incident in 2012.

Appearing before Exeter magistrates last week, South West Water was fined £44,000 and ordered to pay £19,000 in costs for the incident which occurred at South Sands beach in  Salcombe on Easter bank holiday in 2017, when children built a sand dam around a manhole.

A spokesperson for the EA said there had been “a very real risk” of sewage harming children nearby and contaminating the bathing water.

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