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Smarden Affair farm poisoning: 50 years on

It has been nearly 50 years since an agricultural poisoning incident that became known as the Smarden Affair came to light.

Cattle, sheep, dogs, a goat and wildlife died after pesticide from a nearby factory in the village of Smarden, near Ashford in Kent, was discharged into a ditch that animals drank from.

Yvette Austin, BBC South East's environment correspondent, spoke to former dairy farmer Norman Jull about the poisoning, which happened between June 1963 and March 1964.

  • 22 Apr 2013
  • From the section Kent