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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.

Oil spill in the Common river in Northwold. Picture: SUBMITTED. (18747903)
Oil spill in the Common river in Northwold. Picture: SUBMITTED. (18747903)

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.

Oil spill in the Common river in Northwold. Picture: SUBMITTED. (18747899)
Oil spill in the Common river in Northwold. Picture: SUBMITTED. (18747899)

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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