SCOTLAND’S largest independent whisky bottling plant has been fined £12,000 after 5,000 ­litres of the spirit was spilled into the River Ayr.

The incident happened at Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse’s site, at Catrine in East Ayrshire, when a valve on a tanker lorry containing 27,500 litres was opened via a computer and the liquid was in error sent to a full tank, which overflowed into the river.

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The Scotsman (24 January)