‘Corporate amnesia’: Weetabix to pay £140,000 for factory’s diesel spill

Weetabix is counting the cost after being prosecuted for a major spill of fuel into a Northamptonshire river.

The incident happened in November 2016 at its factory in Burton Latimer, near Kettering, when 23,000 litres of diesel escaped into the river Ise from disused tanks due to a problem with their valves.

By good fortune, the pollution was diluted due to the river flowing strongly at the time, reducing its potential impact. Had conditions been drier, “there could well have been a significant adverse effect on animal health or flora,” said Northampton borough recorder Judge Rupert Mayo.

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