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West Norfolk village river inspected following oil spill




Officials have inspected a river in West Norfolk after oil spilled into it last week.

A team from the Environment Agency visited the site in Northwold on Monday, after concerns were raised over the potential impact on wildlife in the Common river.

An agency spokesman said today: “We visited the site on Monday and checked the river by the ford and further downstream.

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

“We found minimal evidence of the oil remaining due to the heavy rainfall in the area, so it was not necessary to deploy any absorbents.”

Earlier in the week, villagers voiced their concerns on social media, and said a swan, which had been seen covered in oil in the water, had been taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Cliff Anderson, vice-chairman of the parish council, said it was believed that a vehicle had spilled the oil after travelling down Common Drove.


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