Oil Leak in River Yare

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Oil Leak in River Yare

The River Yare in Norfolk has been polluted from an unknown source for the past 2 weeks, the Environment Agency has stated.

The substance was spotted in the River Yare at Colney, near Norwich, on 22 December, and has been "intermittently" leaking from a drain near Chancellors Drive since.

The Environment Agency has said it has been taking measures to contain the pollution while it tried to find the source.

People are being advised to keep themselves and pets out of the river.

A spokeswoman for the EA said: "A team of specialists were on site yesterday to remove some of the oil caught around the drain and to contain as much of the pollution as possible until the source can be found."

Oil has been spotted on the river past the University of East Anglia Broad, and downstream as far as Lakenham in Norwich.

The EA said there was no evidence the UEA Broad itself had been affected and that it was awaiting test results to determine what type of oil was leaking into the river.

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