Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire fish rescue saves more than 100 fish

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Media captionThe Environment agency will continue to monitor the health of fish still trapped on the floodplain

More than 100 fish trapped on a flood plain in Worcestershire have been rescued by the Environment Agency.

A spokesman said hundreds more fish were still in deeper floodwater on the Ham Meadows near Upton upon Severn but were not currently in any danger.

Work is continuing to clear ditches and streams to help the fish return naturally to the river.

The agency said 125 bream and carp, weighing up to 7kg (15lb), had been returned safely to the River Severn.

A lorry with an oxygenated tank was used to take the rescued fish back to the river.

Some of the fish were up to 30 years old and are "important to the eco-system of the river", a spokesman said.

The Environment Agency has said it will continue to monitor the level of floodwater and will carry out more rescues if necessary.

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