Thousands of fish killed by pollution in Leicestershire canal

Grand Union Canal Leicester line Image copyright Canal and River Trust
Image caption The Canal and River Trust said the fish killed by the pollution included pike, roach and perch

Attempts are being made to rescue thousands of fish from a Leicestershire canal after it became polluted.

Farm slurry was washed into the Grand Union Canal Leicester line last month, polluting a four mile stretch between Kilby and Foxton.

The Environment Agency said an estimated 2,000 fish had been killed and they were now working to contain the pollution and remove the dead fish.

Staff are trying to move thousands more live fish away from the area.

The Canal and River Trust, which is helping the Environment Agency and Natural England with the rescue attempt, said the waterway was currently closed to boaters.

Image copyright Canal and River Trust
Image caption Three organisations are working together to rescue the fish and contain the pollution

Waterway manager for the trust, Neil Owen, said: "It's really sad that we've had so many fish die from the careless actions of an individual which allowed slurry to enter our waterway.

"Fortunately we have managed to move many thousands of fish away from the pollution plug but we still have a busy task ahead of us in trying to break down the pollution."

Matthew Gable from the Environment Agency said: "Unfortunately there has been some environmental damage already done.

"Our efforts now are aimed at trying to reduce that and limit it to where it currently is and stop it from spreading further down the canal and into the River Soar."

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