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Thames Wa­ter is set to be hit with its ‘big­gest ever fine’ after it ad­mit­ted pump­ing mil­lions of gal­lons of raw sewage into the River Thames. The com­pany ad­mit­ted at Ayles­bury Crown Court pol­lu­tion of­fences go­ing back to 2013 at four sewage works in Buck­ing­hamshire and Ox­ford­shire. The ef­flu­ent spills re­sulted in hun­dreds of dead fish, re­duced drag­on­fly num­bers, over­flow­ing man­holes, pol­lu­tion of na­ture re­serves, and en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age in Hen­ley and Mar­low. This isn’t the first time Thames Wa­ter has been found guilty of pol­lut­ing in­land wa­ter­ways with sewage: in 2016 the com­pany was fined £1m after it al­lowed un­treated ef­flu­ent to en­ter the Wen­dover Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The judge warned that this time the fine will be higher.

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