STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Oct. 7 (UPI) — British environmental officials say they’re investigating a spill of cyanide and sewage into the River Trent, warning the public to avoid the waterway.
Pollution levels in a 30-mile stretch of the river between Stoke-on-Trent and Yoxall in Staffordshire have already resulted in the deaths of animals, The Times of London reported Wednesday.
“This is due to untreated sewage and cyanide at levels that are potentially a cause for concern, especially with regard to fish, wildlife and animals. Thousands of fish have already died,” a statement from the British Environment Agency read. “The warning to stay out of the river applies to everyone, including farmers, anglers, dog walkers, boaters and anyone using the river for work or pleasure.”
The officials said the British Food Standards Agency has warned that residents should avoid taking water out of the River Trent for any reason.
The Times said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has asked the public to report any animals found to be hurt and asked Britons to keep their pets away from the river.
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