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Fatberg problem - Don't just throw it down the drain

This is what happens when fat is not disposed of properly

The water supplier Thames Water says it has finally found out why Oxford has such a big problem with 'fatbergs'.

When collating the results of a recent survey the firm found that around 80 percent of the city's restaurants were not using fat traps to stop oil and grease spilling into Oxford's sewers. Therefore, the fat collects in the sewer and drains below the city streets and creates the huge, solid deposits, otherwise known as fatbergs.

Earlier this year, a 20 tonne blockage was removed from one drain in the city centre. Kate Bunkall's report explains what happened. The interviewee is Alex Saunders from Thames Water.

Restaurant staff causing "fatbergs" plague

Lumps of hard, congealed fat can cause blockages in the sewer system Credit: PA

Restaurant staff in Oxford are causing a plague of "fatbergs" according to Thames Water.

The water company say 95% of food outlets in the city don't dispose of oil, fat and grease correctly. They are pouring it down the sink, causing more than twenty tonnes of waste to end up in Park End Street sewer each year.

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£1.3 billion plan to redevelop Sussex cement works site

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to redevelop a derelict cement works on the South Downs in Sussex.

The massive quarry near Shoreham closed twenty-five years ago, but remains a blot on the landscape.

The former cement works site covers a large area of land in Sussex

Now, a group called the 'South Down Project' wants to build more than two-thousand homes and businesses on the site, at a cost of £1. 3 billion pounds. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Neil Laughton, a local businessman; Ed Carr, the Chairman of the South Down Project; and John Richards, a former cement worker.

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Cameron under fire over offshore investments

The Prime Minister David Cameron faces questions from his constituents in Witney tonight as his tax affairs continue to come under scrutiny. Having previously labelled tax evasion as 'frankly and morally wrong' Mr Cameron has admitted benefitting from an offshore fund previously set up by his late father in the tax haven of Panama. The question today was why has it taken so long for him to mention the shares. Juliette Fletcher reports.

Workers to get a boost in pay

Thousand of workers will get an extra 50p per hour Credit: PA

Thousands of workers will receive an extra 50p an hour pay rise today.

The National Living Wage means over 25s must receive at least £7.20 an hour, instead of £6.70.

Some say it is long overdue, but critics say it could put struggling firms out of business and may lead to job losses.

There is more information on the Government's living wage website.

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