Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Crunch Time

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Crunch Time

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Byline: Angus Hoy

Kp fined pounds 10,000 over grease

One of the country's biggest crisp manufacturers has been fined more than pounds 10,000 for flooding a sewage works with oil and grease.

An emergency was sparked at the treatment works as illegal discharges from KP Foods, pictured, caused environmental consequences, a court was told.

The company this week pleaded guilty to several offences at Middlesbrough Magistrates' Court and was ordered to pay pounds 10,154.65 in fines and costs.

KP Foods United Biscuits of Macklin Avenue, Cowpen Industrial Estate, Billingham, pictured, admitted five offences of discharging trade effluent without a consent contrary to the Water Industry Act of 1991.

Solicitor Paul Kelly, prosecuting on behalf of Northumbrian Water, told the court operators at its sewage treatment works at Billingham spotted fatty material entering the works four times in January this year and once later on in May.

"Large lumps of fat entered the sewers which in turn inundated the sewage works and caused it to fail. …

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