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Firm cleared over River Trent pollution charges

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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A COMPANY accused of polluting parts of the River Trent and killing thousands of fish in the process have revealed that the charges brought against them have been dropped.

Red Industries was prosecuted by the Environment Agency after a leak of cyanide and raw sewage found its way into the water source in Yoxall in 2009.

However, it has now been revealed that all charges have now been dropped against the Stoke-on-Trent based firm and the company’s court costs of £1.5 million will be reimbursed.

Adam Share, chief executive of Red, said: “The judge and jury saw through the case immediately.

“They could see that there was no culpability and that the case should never have been brought.

“This verdict marks a turning point for Red Industries - I am now more committed than ever to taking the company forward and truly moving on from the aspersions that have been cast on our operations.

“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to everyone who has stood by Red Industries throughout this experience.”

Mr Share also criticised the Environment Agency for bringing the case to trial in the first place.

Burslem-based Red Industries and company director David Scott had denied a total of nine charges relating to the incident in October 2009.

The Environment Agency was forced to throw out one charge of water pollution in May.

Now a jury has returned not guilty verdicts on the other allegations and cleared the firm.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We take all incidents of serious pollution extremely seriously and use appropriate measures to protect human health and the environment.

“Over the last four years, we have brought more than 700 successful prosecutions and 400 formal cautions.

“This prosecution has been a detailed and complex case.”

The Environment Agency said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident which saw an industrial effluent had been released into the river from a sewer discharge point at Strongford, near Tittensor.

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