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Michael Eavis pleads guilty to polluting river

Michael Eavis arriving at Yeovil Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News

The organiser of Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis, has pleaded guilty to polluting a river that runs through the festival site.

The incident happened in June 2014 when a giant slurry tank holding human waste sprung a leak, polluting the Whitelake river. The Environment Agency says a number of fish were killed and the river was polluted two and half miles downstream.

The Whitelake river Credit: ITV News

Mr. Eavis says he is extremely sorry and that the tank was relatively new. The company which owns the tank also said it had been inspected. Glastonbury Festival say the manufacturers have told them it was a freak accident.

The festival gives £2 million to local charities, including environmental ones, every year.

In a few weeks time the case of whether it's a category 1 or 2 offence will be decided - the potential fine will depend on which category.

Cat 1
Up to £20,000
Cat 2
Up to £300,000


Michael Eavis on taking "Glasto" out of Glastonbury

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival says he may have to move the event somewhere else - because landowners want an ever-increasing slice of money for renting their land.

Michael Eavis says it is becoming more and more difficult to negotiate terms and it would be hard for him to hit his target of raising £2 million for charity this year.

He also said that the planned break in the festival for 2017 had been scrapped.

You can watch David Woodland's report here:

Glastonbury will take place in 2017 after all

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has been speaking exclusively to our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland Credit: ITV News

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Michael Eavis has revealed that the festival, which was due to take a year off in 2017 to allow the land to recover, will be taking place after all.

The fallow year has simply been postponed until 2018.

It's all to do with the negotiations with local farmers for the use of their land. So there will be a festival in 2016 and 2017 and then a break in 2018.

To find out more of what the festival founder told us, click here.

Train named after Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis founded the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Credit: First Great Western

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has had a train named after him at Paddington Station today.

The ceremony in London saw Mr Eavis' name and the Glastonbury logo put on a First Great Western train, which will run between London, Wales and the South West.

Extra trains will be getting festival-goers to Glastonbury this year - including this one. Credit: First Great Western

One of its stops is Castle Cary, the nearest station to the festival's site in Somerset. Fifty extra trains will be travelling this route during this year's event in June - the 45th year the festival has run.

Act confirmed for this year include Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and Motörhead.

Jay-Z performing at Glastonbury in 2008. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Glastonbury Festival founder honoured

Michael Eavis will be recognised for his achievements in staging live music Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured by the music industry for his outstanding contribution.

The 78-year-old farmer, who first hosted an event on his land in Somerset in 1970, will be recognised for his achievements at a special fundraising dinner .

The award has been organised by the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) and will take place on November 3.

This summer's Glastonbury will be headlined by the likes of Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian next month.

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