Water firm to fight fish kill compensation decision

A water company is appealing a court decision to award a local angling club compensation for a sewage leak that it claims led to more than 250 fish deaths in a Cambridge river.

Anglian Water was ordered at Huntingdon magistrates court in October to pay the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society (CFPAS) £2,825 towards restocking part of the River Cam following the pollution incident in 2013.

CFPAS alleges that a sustained sewage works leak into the river Cam at Anglian Water’s plant in Milton killed hundreds of fish, particularly large bream. 

Anglian had denied it was the cause of the fish deaths but at court in October it admitted that it was to blame and agreed to pay the angling club damages for the loss of amenity and loss of income from match fishing.

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