Shipping firm fined for dumped palm oil into the Solent

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

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A SHIPPING firm has been found guilty of polluting Hayling Island beach.

Pretty Time Shipping was today found to have illegally discharged palm oil into the sea, causing a major chemical alert in Hayling Island, and East and West Wittering, when waxy yellow lumps washed up onto the shore in January.

The company were given a £20,000 fine and ordered to pay £75,000 costs.