Petrol leak costs Tesco £8m

Tesco has been prosecuted for leaking 23,500 litres of petrol into the sewerage system and local rivers in Lancashire.

The incident, in July 2014, led to residents having to seek medical help after petrol odours coming from the sewer network gave them headaches and nausea. The smell affected residents up to 1km away.

Some of the petrol also entered Langwood Brook and the River Irwell. More than 40 dead fish were found within 2.5 kilometres of where the pollution entered the watercourse, and anglers reported dead fish more than ten kilometres downstream.

The leak was caused by Tesco’s failure to address a known issue with part ...

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