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Charing Cross Electric Supply Co v Hydraulic Power Co [1914] 3 KB 772

A water main burst causing damage to the claimant’s property. The claimant brought an action based on the principle established inRylands v Fletcher. The defendant sought to rely on the defence of statutory authority. However, whilst the statute granted permission to the defendant to keep the water main at high pressure there was no obligation to do so. The defence therefore failed.
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