Water firm fined for pollution

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NORTHUMBRIAN Water has been fined £3,000 after admitting polluting a stream.

The firm has also been ordered to pay £2,429.75 to the Environment Agency, after Gore Burn in Shotton was found to be polluted.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard that an Environment Agency officer visited the area in June 2011, after a report from a member of the public.

He found that a stretch of the burn was grey-coloured and smelling of sewage and detergent.

He located the source of the effluent upstream as a sewer overflow at Calfpasture Burn, Bracken Hill, which is owned by Northumbrian Water.

A report said the incident was likely to have a significant impact on the ecology of Wapping Burn, which Gore Burn flows into.