Fears for wildlife following oil spill in West Norfolk village river
Residents in Northwold have raised concerns for wildlife after oil spilled into a river last week.
Villagers have been voicing their fears on social media, after the oil leak in the Common river, which was first reported on Friday.
A swan which was seen covered in oil in the water this morning is believed to have been taken into the care of the RSPCA.
A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “We are aware of the oil spill and are continuing to investigate.”
Cliff Anderson, vice-chairman of the parish council, said he had visited the site, which cattle also regularly drink from, on Saturday.
Mr Anderson said it was believed that a vehicle had spilled the oil after travelling down Common Drove and through a ford.
He added: “It is a concern for us – vehicles will have to be very careful when they go through the ford.”
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