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Thames Water failed customers and environment

1.4 billion litres of effluent was pumped into rivers Credit: PA

Judge Sheridan remarked that, on several occasions, Thames Water managers ignoredwarnings and "risks identified by employees and others.

Raw Sewage was pumped into rivers over a two year period. Credit: PA

What a dreadful state of affairs that is. Logbook entries reflected the pathetic state of affairs and the frustration of employees.

Thames Water utilities continually failed to report to the Environment Agency despite (managers) being fully aware of the issues and reporting governance.

There is a history of non-compliance.

– Judge Sheridan

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Businessman cleared of killing his friend in power boat accident

Businessman Aaron Brown, chief operating officer of telecoms firm OneCom has been acquitted at Winchester Crown Court of the manslaughter of friend Ryan McKinlay.

Mr Mckinlay died when a powerful jet-powered boat Mr Brown was steering crashed into his own luxury cruiser off the Isle of Wight.

Giving evidence earlier in the trial Mr Brown had broken down in court as he admitted to driving too fast when he crashed a powerful jet-powered boat into his luxury yacht, killing his friend of 20 years.

Mr McKinlay, a 36-year-old father of one from Gosport, Hampshire, died following the accident in Osborne Bay off the Isle of Wight on June 19 2015.

Ryan Mckinlay died in power boat accident

Thames Water says it failed customers and the Environment

Richard Aylard, Thames Water, said the company had failed customers and failed the environment. He insisted customers will not face an increase in prices saying the fine will be paid in full by shareholders.

We have failed in our responsibility to the environment and that hurts both personally and professionally because we do care.

We've also failed in our responsibility to our customers, who pay us to provide an essential public service all the time, every day and not just some of the time, and we apologise for all of those failings.

But in the three years since the last of those incidents we have learnt our lesson - there have been sweeping, far-reaching changes across the waste water business.

That has included more people, more and better systems and more investments and that is beginning to pay off.

– Richard Aylard, Thames Water

Thames Water fined a record £20million for environmental disaster

Thames water has been fined a record £20.3m after it admitted pumping 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage into the Thames.

People and animals were left sick and hundreds of fish and birds died over a two-year period when "out of control" sewage treatment centres owned by Thames Water, sent untreated water into rivers in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Thames Water sewage plant Credit: ITV Meridian

The company allowed more than a billion litres of untreated effluent to enter the waterway in 2013 and 2014.

The judge described it as a disgraceful level of Pollution after people and animals became ill and thousands of fish died.

Judge Francis Sheridan handed down a fine of £20,361,140 - a record for a water utility for an environmental disaster - at a sentencing hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court today.

Thames Water was fined £380 for polluting this stream in 2013 Credit: Environment Agency

Judge Sheridan handed down a fine which is ten times higher than the previous record penalty paid by Southern Water

This is a shocking and disgraceful state of affairs. It should not be cheaper to offend than to take appropriate precautions.

– Judge Sheridan

The company admitted 13 breaches of environmental laws over discharges from sewage treatment works in Aylesbury, Didcot, Henley and Little Marlow, and a pumping station at Littlemore.

Thames Water fined Credit: PA

Levels of ammonia described as being "devastating to life" were detected during tests on the river at a Thames Water site at Henley-on-Thames before 50 dead fish were spotted floating on the surface of the river.

At a hearing last week, the judge said he had to ensure the fine was"sufficiently large that they (Thames) get the message"

Thames's previous record fine for pollution was £1 million, paid in January 2016.

The sentencing followed a ruling in March 2016 that big commercial. organisations which cause environmental pollution can be ordered to pay fines running into tens of millions of pounds.

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Police and family of murdered pensioner renew appeal to find killers

Police in Kent have renewed a witness appeal a year after a pensioner was found beaten to death in his home.

Roy Blackman was found murdered at his ransacked bungalow, in Biddenden in March 2016, but Police think he was attacked by more than one person.

Roy Blackman murdered in his home Credit: Kent Police

Mark Love, 38, of Staplehurst has been sentenced to life imprisonment , after being found guilty of Mr Blackman’s murder, as well as another aggravated burglary in Sussex, at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 September but police think others were involved in the attack.

Detectives found a number of items including a large safe containing a quantity of cash, an air weapon and jewellery had been stolen and officers believe other people may have been involved in the break-in. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about what happened the night Mr Blackman was killed.

One person has been convicted of Mr Blackman’s murder, however, we firmly believe there were other people involved in the tragic incidents of that night and we believe there are people who know who they are.

However, small or insignificant you think the information you have is, we still want to hear from you as it may be the missing piece in our jigsaw.

We’re hoping that a year on, people will realise Mr Blackman’s family are still waiting for justice to be fully served and I would encourage anyone with information who is yet to talk to us to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett

Mr Blackman's family has issued a joint statement appealing for witnesses as their search for justice continues.

One year after our world fell apart, every day continues to be a struggle for us all.

Our beloved dad, grandad and brother is no longer here to share our lives and guide us - his loss was not the result of an illness or a tragic accident but at the hands of a terrible gang - some of whom are still enjoying their freedom.

We urge anyone with information that they feel may be helpful to please come forward and pass it to the police. Nothing will bring our dad back, but we would like to get as much justice for him as possible.

We are proud of our dad and all he achieved. He was a strong and brave man and will be our hero forever.’ continue to question how they could possibly do such a thing – to go mob-handed against a pensioner living alone.

– Family statement

Anyone with further information is asked to call the dedicated Kent and Essex SCD appeal line on 01303 289600.

Alternatively, you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555 111.

Flights to Paris cancelled & diverted after shooting

Police at Paris Orly Airport Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

Anyone flying to Paris in France today is being advised to check before travelling. Flights have been suspended at Paris Orly Airport after a man who tried to seize a soldier's gun there was shot dead by police.

Flights between Southampton Airport and Paris Orly Airport have been suspended. A spokesperson said that one inbound flight heading to the UK has been delayed.

Some British Airways flights from Heathrow Airport to Paris Orly Airport have also been cancelled.

A number of flights from various airports have been redirected to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. Do check before you travel.

"We are doing all we can to assist our customers while the airport authorities at Paris Orly prepare for the airport to re-open. ​

The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is always our priority."

– British Airways spokesperson

'Biggest building project in 500 years' offers rare views of Canterbury Cathedral - full report

It's the most famous landmark in the South East - attracting almost a million tourists a year. Now Canterbury Cathedral is undergoing its biggest restoration ever.

The conservation scheme called 'The Canterbury Journey' is costing close to £25million. A painstaking process mixing engineering with a place of quiet daily worship.

The first step - an enormous scaffolding built inside the cathedral - is now almost finished and offers stunning views of the building itself.

Andy Dickenson went to take a look and spoke to site manager Matthew Butler, head of conservation Heather Newton and Mark Hosea, project director.

The situation in East Africa is desperate

Communities and aid agencies in the South are trying to get urgent aid to famine-hit areas of Africa including Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia. In neighbouring Yemen too.

ITV's International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar has been reporting from the worst affected areas and has seen how desperate the situation is.

He gives Stacey an update.

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