Diesel spill in wildlife filled Saffron Brook under investigation by Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is investigating after a large amount of diesel was spilled into a brook. The brook, part of which is also known as the Wash Brook, flows through Oadby, Knighton Park and into the River Soar

Saffron Brook, which runs through Oadby and Knighton Park in Leicester before flowing into the River Soar, had a thick film of diesel on it on Tuesday morning.

A 49-year-old Wigston resident who reported the incident to the Mercury, said:

“I was walking my dog at 7.30am in Knighton Park on Tuesday and I could smell the distinctive smell of diesel from 30 or 40 yards away.

 “As I got nearer to the brook I could see the tell-tale rainbow pattern on the water at the point where it runs from the former golf course into the park, and it was the same as far as I can see.

“The brook was moving steadily so it wasn’t just a local spill – it was a lot of diesel.

“I’m annoyed about it because there’s a lot of wildlife along that bit. There’s numerous birds, including a white heron that flies around there a lot. It’s also going to affect the fish they feed on.

“The brook runs through various places so it’s impossible to guess where the spill happened.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said he was already aware of the incident and that an investigation had begun.

He said they were still trying to determine the source of the spill, which was first reported to them on Monday.

He said:

“Our officers are investigating reports of a diesel spillage into Saffron Brook in Knighton Park, Leicester.

“The incident was first reported on Monday 29 January. Officers are working with relevant partners to help detect the source of the leak.

“Officers will continue to monitor the situation and will take any necessary action to minimise any impact to the environment.

“We take pollution incidents very seriously and we appreciate reports which allows our staff to respond swiftly to protect people, wildlife and the environment.”

He urged anyone with information about the source of the spill to get in touch.

To report information to the agency, call the 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

 

Source:  Leicester Mercury 1st February 2018