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Southern Water punished over ‘shocking’ wastewater spills

Southern Water punished over ‘shocking’ wastewater spills

Business
Southern Water has been hit with a record £126m punishment for spills of wastewater into the environment from its sewage plants and for deliberately misreporting its performance.The penalty will see customers get a rebate of at least £61 each."What we found in this case is shocking," said Rachel Fletcher, the head of water regulator Ofwat, while Southern said it was "deeply sorry".The Environment Agency has launched a criminal investigation into the case.The Agency has the power to take court action if companies' actions hurt the natural environment.The EA would not confirm if the investigation was into Southern Water itself or individuals employed by the company.The investigation is understood to be at an early stage, with no court action imminent.When w
Sheridan Smith says cruel Graham Norton gag ‘tipped her over the edge’

Sheridan Smith says cruel Graham Norton gag ‘tipped her over the edge’

Entertainment
The British actress, who recently starred in ITV series Cleaning Up, has revealed Graham Norton caused her "unbelievable distress" after he mocked her during the 2016 BAFTAs.The BBC regular said: "We’re all excited for a couple of drinks tonight."Or, as it’s known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of technical difficulties."The joke came shortly after Sheridan had been forced to drop out of West End play Funny Girl. Related Articles Speaking frankly about the situation, the northern gal said: "That tipped me over the edge."I just lost it."I was in unbelievable distress, trying to keep it all together and then a room full of people in my industry were just laughing at me."At the time, Sheridan's father was seriously ill. SPEAKING OUT: Sheridan Smith has bravely opened up about her ba
Ex-Barclays boss Varley cleared over 2008 fundraising

Ex-Barclays boss Varley cleared over 2008 fundraising

Business
The former chief executive of Barclays, John Varley, has been acquitted of fraud charges linked to the bank's 2008 fundraising.He had denied two charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation at a trial, also involving other former Barclays executives. The case ended in April when a jury was discharged on the grounds of insufficient evidence.The Court of Appeal dismissed a Serious Fraud Office challenge to the decision of the trial judge in relation to Mr Varley.Judges agreed three other men could face a retrial at a date to be fixed. Advertisement Roger Jenkins, then chairman of investment management in the Middle East, ex-wealth management head Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath, who headed the ...