A water company boss was put in the spotlight by a group of teenagers who grilled him on the company's environmental performance.

Southern Water CEO Lawrence Gosden answered questions from them at a Question Time-themed event.

Topics included Southern Water's environmental impact and activities, bill increases and how the company is tackling pollution.

Mr Gosden said: "The students had clearly done their research and I was particularly impressed by how passionate they were about the effects of climate change and their questions around how we can all be better guardians of the environment."

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The event was set up by East Worthing MP Tim Loughton and included children from Oscar Romero School in Worthing, Shoreham College and Chichester College, all part of the Eco, Young and Engaged project.

Mr Gosden said: “It was great to see how interested these young people are in how we’re addressing these challenges now and how we can all play our part to preserve crucial water supplies and our environment for future generations.

"I won’t deny that some of the questions they posed were tough but as our future leaders, it was really encouraging. We need to harness their thoughts, ideas and passions. I hope they got as much out of the session as I did.”