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Head of Chambers Richard Bradley jointly instructed by the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council

Mr Bradley was instructed to prosecute Tesco Stores in relation to environmental and health and safety offences arising out of the escape of 23,500 litres of fuel from the filling station at Tesco Haslingden Store. The fuel entered both the sewerage systems and local water courses causing some local residents to vacate their homes and to seek medical treatment for sickness and headaches. The fuel that entered the water course caused significant environmental damage with a significant fish kill.

The Recorder of Preston imposed fines totalling £8m (£5m for the health and safety offences and £3m for the environmental offences). The fines represent the largest fine for a single offence ever imposed in a prosecution by either the Environment Agency or Lancashire County Council and the second largest total fine ever imposed on a Defendant for environmental offences.

Follow the links below for national news coverage of the incident.

Daily Mail - Tesco fined £8m leaking petrol into River Irwell

The Guardian - Tesco fined £8m for fuel leak from petrol station. Lancashire supermarket haslingden

Sky News - Tesco fined over massive pollution incident

BBC Lancashire Post -Tesco fined £8m for East Lancs pollution incident

Manchester Evening News - Tesco fined £8m after polluting

The Grocer - Tesco fined 8m after petrol leaked out of filling station