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The definition of RYLANDS is "The person who for his own purposes brings onto his land and collects
and keeps there anything likely to do mischief if it escapes is prima facie liable for all damage which is
the natural consequence if it escapes." As set out…

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implied C had consented to the risk and it seems the key factor is if C gets a benefit from D's
accumulation prior to the escape.

The defence of act of God was defined by Lord Westbury in TENNET v EARL OF GLASGOW as
"circumstances no human foresight can provide…


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