Glastonbury fined after human waste leaked into river

London (AFP) –


Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festivals, was fined by a British court Tuesday after human waste from partygoers at the site polluted a river and killed fish.

Some 20,000 gallons of sewage leaked into the river during the 2014 event, where performers included Metallica and Dolly Parton.

The festival was fined £12,000 (16,000 euros, $17,500) and ordered to pay a further £19,000 towards the costs of the prosecution at a hearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

Organisers of the event -- which is held on a farm in Somerset, southwest England, and was attended by 170,000 people -- admitted breaching environmental regulations in January.

Prosecutors said at least 42 fish were killed as a result of the leak.

But judge Simon Cooper said the festival organisers had limited culpability for the incident, adding there had been "proper planning" for the event.

Ian Withers of the Environment Agency, the official body which brought the prosecution, said after the case: "The festival is held in a beautiful part of the Somerset countryside and we want to see it remain that way."

Michael Eavis, the festival's founder, said it had invested to try and prevent a similar leak in future.

"We did our very, very best when we found the leak -- we really did all that we should have done within the timescale," he said.

"We're putting together the biggest show in the world in four weeks' time," he added, referring to this year's festival which runs from June 22 to 26 and will feature acts including Adele and Coldplay.