‘The sea was milky white’: how the Southern Water sewage scandal unfolded

‘The sea was milky white’: how the Southern Water sewage scandal unfolded

Company has been issued with a huge fine but those affected by its actions are finding it hard to celebrate

The town of Whitstable sits on the north Kent coast, home to the oysters that have brought it worldwide fame from waters that are some of the most protected in Europe.

Celebrities, royals, tourists and locals flock to its annual festival to taste the native Whitstable oyster. But in 2013 the pollution in the sea where the famous oysters feed was so extreme that the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and other high-profile guests had to be served Irish shellfish hastily imported for the occasion.

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