Warning to avoid sewage-polluted Teesside stream

People have been warned to stay away from a stream on Teesside which has been pollluted by sewage.

The discharge has affected a three kilometre (1.8 mile) stretch of Lustrum Beck, near Stockton, from Primrose Hill to where it meets the Tees.

The leak has now been stopped by Northumbrian Water, but will take some days to clear.

The Environment Agency is concerned that children may want to play in or near the water during the Easter break.

Dog walkers are also advised to keep their pets on a lead to stop them entering the beck.

The sewage entered the beck inside a culvert which runs beneath the A177 and railway line in the town near Primrose Hill.

Environment Agency officers have been on the site assessing the impact that the sewage may have had on wildlife, and collecting any evidence of damage.

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