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.