Essex

Oil leaks into River Thames in Essex

Queen Elizabeth II bridge
Image caption The oil leaked into the Thames at Grays, east of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge

A clean-up operation and investigation are under way after oil leaked into the River Thames in Essex on Thursday.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) sent a specialist oil response vessel to the river at Grays after a member of the public reported oil on the water.

A spokesman for the PLA said the oil had got into the river through a storm drain.

A boom has been placed around both the drain and the spill and efforts are being made to clear up the oil.

He described the incident as "comparatively small" and added: "Officers from the Environment Agency are investigating what caused the oil spill."

The incident was reported at about 12:00 BST on Thursday.

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