Fish killed after oil poured into well in Banham

Oil from a nearby well leaked into a Banham pond which killed the fish swimming there. Oil from a nearby well leaked into a Banham pond which killed the fish swimming there.

Friday, December 6, 2013
3:22 PM

A fishing lake containing thousands of carp has been contaminated after oil was poured into a nearby well, which then leaked into the water.

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Police are now appealing for information after the owner of the fish discovered them floating on the surface.

The incident happened between 6pm on Friday, November 22 and 10am on Monday, November 25 in Heath Road, Banham.

The lake, which is located close to an oil tank, was fed by a deep freshwater well nearby and on inspecting the well the owner noticed a strong smell.

It was found to have around between four and five inches of oil on the top, which it is thought had been drained in through a pipe.

There was no contamination on the ground between the tank and the well.

The precise number of fish affected has not been calculated, but it is believed to be in the region of between 3,000 and 5,000.

The well and lake will require cleaning out and the owner has also lost a significant amount of oil.

Anyone who has any information about the incident in asked to contact PC Andrew London at Thetford Police Station on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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