Trial into Hayling chemical scare is delayed

Hayling Island beach closed off in January following the discovery of suspicious foam.    Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (110107-1)

Hayling Island beach closed off in January following the discovery of suspicious foam. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (110107-1)

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A TRIAL over a chemical alert on Hayling Island has been delayed.

Singapore-based Pretty Time Shipping appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday accused of illegally discharging palm oil into the sea.

As reported in The News, beaches at Hayling and the Witterings were closed in January after a yellow foam substance washed up with the tide.

The court case was due to last five days, but was adjourned as lawyers defending the shipping company said more time was needed to carry out chemical analyses on the substance.

The company, which denies the charge, said new scientific evidence had come forward and needed to be investigated.

Magistrates agreed to grant an adjournment in the interest of justice.

The company faces two charges brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The maximum fine for each count is £25,000.

A new court date will be now be set for a hearing later in the year.

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