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thames water is ordered to pay £20 million for almost 1.5 billion litres of raw sewage was allowed to enter the river for months between oxfordshire and buckinghamshire. the fine is ten times larger than thegzewiousmearxi ji nehaznded! to another water company last year. we'll have the latest from court. also this lunchtime: easyjet confirms it's the first airline to introduce a ban on laptops being carried of thousands of civilians flee so—called islamic state. one year on, brussels remembers the terror attacks which killed 32 people and injured hundreds. and why the number of women working into their seventies has doubled over the last four years. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: liverpool pay tribute
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to a true club legend, former coach and captain ronnie moran, who has died at the age of 83. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. it's the biggest fine ever imposed on a british water company for an environmental disaster. thames water has been ordered to pay £20.3 million for polluting the river thames with almost 1.5 billion litres of raw sewage. the judge at aylesbury crown court said the scale of the problem was such that bosses must have known about it. he called it "a shocking and disgraceful state of affairs". duncan kennedy was in court. ducks may be back, but this is
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one of the six outlets were raw sewage surged into the river thames. for months and months of the untreated muck flowed in and this is £52222? ;; iki iifiigfff; ufafff if'i -i . looked like. the pictures do what it looked like. the pictures da= convey the stench or the not convey the stench or the dangers, but for mile after mile it was what thejudge dangers, but for mile after mile it was what the judge called a catalogue of misery blighting the river, catalogue of misery blighting the é—t "7 catalogue of misery blighting the river, effii hei' ' ' " catalogue of misery blighting the river, effii he imposed ' " catalogue of misery blighting the river, effii he imposed a ' " catalogue of misery blighting the river, é he imposed a recordj river, and why he imposed a record fine. river, and why he imposed a record finefg is i river, and why he imposed a record finefg is clear from the fine. it is clear from the sentencing today and the judge's powerful comment that the courts ta ke powerful comment that the courts take environmental offending very seriously. this record fine and take environmental offending very serio of(. this record fine and take environmental offending very serio of over s record fine and take environmental offending very serio of over £20 :ord fine and take environmental offending very serio of over £20 million a and take environmental offending very serio of over £20 million sends a costs of over £20 million sends a signal to the companies that safeguarding the environment is not an optional extra. it is an essential part of how businesses essentis'. partrsf hsw bssinesses operate. what essential partref hew betsinesses operate. what was coming essential partref haw biasinesses operate. what was coming out must operate. what was coming out was brought, untreated sewage. dominic lives and works on the river, he was one of hundreds of
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people to complain and two were four months ignored by thames waterjfi months ignored by thames water.m was awful. you live next to the royal river thames and you do not expect to see royal sewage pass in your garden. when the river was in flood it. coming across our lawn flood it was coming across our lawn and as it we had flood it was coming across our lawn and as it - we had more sewage and as it settled we had more sewage in the garden as well. the judge said thames water had offended on a vast scale. it said equipment failed and alarms were ignored. he also said the company deliberately concealed the problems from the environment agency. warnings laid out by staff in their logs were ignored by managers. 0ne wrote, illegal discharge, managers aware. another this illegal discharge, managers aware. another - this was illegal discharge, managers aware. another- this was a failure another said, this was a failure waiting to happen. a- added, waiting to happen. a third added, still discharging illegally, known to managers. it all meant the sewage continued to pour out. § the| to managers. it all meant the sewage continued to pour out. § the end it seetieued te aeur suit l". the see! it —— — is seetieued te aeur est l". the see! it —— —
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is around eehtihued te eeer el!t lh the ehe it —— — is around 1.4 billion eehtihued te eeer el!t lh the ehe it —— — is - around 1.4 billion litres is thought around 1.4 billion'litfes—= of raw sewage ended up in the thames. anglers and fishettngn were thames. anglers and fishermen were put out of business, cattle poisoned when they drank the water. the judge said he had to send a message to the companies that this was not water companies that this was not acceptable. today he imposed a record £20 million fine on thames water, ten times larger than the water, tentimes largerthanthe fine. we apologise for all previous fine. we apologise for all of thosesfij but in previous fine. we apologise for all of thosefi but in the three of those failings, but in the three yea rs of those failings, but in the three years since those last incidents we have learned our lesson. there have been swooping, far reaching changes gci’oss been swooping, far reaching changes across the waste water business. across thejuaste water business. water says shareholders, not thames water says shareholders, not customers,
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