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Utility company Scottish Water is being sued for £332,000 over claims it poisoned a herd of cows on a Lewis farm.


Cattle started to mysteriously fall sick and die at Stoneyfield Farm on the outskirts of Stornoway from 2008


The civil court case at Stornoway Sheriff Court heard claims their deaths were caused by arsenic poisoning caused by sewage spills on nearby land which seeped through to farm fields.


Some 14 animals died and a further 156 cattle were badly affected and left in poor condition it is claimed.  


Farmer Iain Scott says livestock was severely affected after drinking sewage contaminated water and grazing on tainted grass.


Scottish Water challenges the claims and says the sum sought is excessive.


The company insists the cattle did not display symptoms of arsenic poisoning.


The case in front of Sheriff David Sutherland continues




Cattle “died after sewage poisoning” court told

30 November 2017