Farmer 'bloody mad' as Lord Smith refuses to apologise

Jim Winkworth, a farmer and landlord of the King Alfred pub in the village of Burrowbridge, said he was "bloody mad" after a meeting with Lord Smith.

Jim Winkworth, landlord of the King Alfred pub in Burrowbridge, Somerset
Jim Winkworth, landlord of the King Alfred pub in Burrowbridge, Somerset Credit: ITV News

Asked how he felt by the Environment Agency chief's refusal to apologise, he said: "Bloody mad. We thought that's the least he could do today and he's not apologising or admitting any liability."

Speaking of Lord Smith's successor when he is due to stand down in the summer, Mr Winkworth said: "Whoever gets his job needs to be someone who is prepared to listen to people on the ground and actually kick some arse, get some work done and actually do some dredging and maintain structures".

Lord Smith reportedly told residents that it had set aside £400,000 for dredging but that this was not enough and there was "no point starting a job and not finishing it".

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