In the photo are a group of young paddlers from Longridge Canoe Club paddling a few hundred metres downstream from the Little Marlow sewage outlet. Three club members went to Aylesbury Court yesterday to listen to the judge castigate Thames Water for systemic failure and recklessness in their operations.

The defence lawyer for Thames Water clearly annoyed the judge with his frequent, 'this isn't fair'. The judge pointed out that dumping millions of litres of excrement in the Thames could not go unpunished.

Just as worrying is this report suggesting asset stripping and ownership by Kuwait and a Canadian pension fund. Report by This is Money on the Australian company Macquarie

This is Money reports that Martin Blaiklock, a former utilities director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and a persistent critic of the company, said: 'I think customers have been stuffed. They've ripped customers off and they've got away with it. It's a shocker.'

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