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Devon firm fined for River Lowman fish-death pollution

Dead fish from River Lowman pollution
Mainly salmon and trout in the River Lowman were killed

A Devon toiletries company has been fined £8,000 after admitted polluting a river in an incident which killed about 1,000 fish.

Broad Oak Ltd of Tiverton admitted releasing more than 50kg (110lbs) of detergent into a tributary of the River Exe in August 2009.

Honiton magistrates also ordered the firm to pay £4,000 costs.

The pollution, which affected the River Lowman at Tiverton, mainly killed salmon and trout.

The detergent was released into the river when it was spilled from a storage tank which was being filled at the company's factory.

The firm apologised to the court, saying it was the first pollution incident in 25 years at the site and new safeguards had been put in place.

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