Thames Water fined £3.3m over river sewage near Gatwick Airport

July 4, 2023

Thames Water has been fined £3.3m after it discharged millions of litres of undiluted sewage into two rivers, killing more than 1,400 fish.

Thames Water admitted four charges and were handed the fine during sentencing at Lewes Crown Court today (4th July).

The firm released the sewage from treatment works near Gatwick Airport in October 2017 into the Gatwick Stream in Sussex and River Mole in Surrey.

Thames Water has had 20 previous fines for pollution spillage.

Sailesh Mehta acted for the Environmental Agency with this latest conviction bringing the total amount of fines given to Thames Water since 2017 to £31.7 million for 11 cases of water pollution.

Sailesh is regularly instructed in Criminal environmental cases involving complex, novel or difficult aspects of environmental law. Read more: [Sailesh Metha Profile]

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