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Warning not to enter River Stour after pictures of dead fish emerge

By Eleanor Perkins

People are being discouraged from entering a river after fish were found dead.

Advice has been issued from Dover District Council after pictures in the River Stour in Sandwich of the fish floating on its surface have emerged.

The authority believes the issue could be due to recent hot weather affecting oxygen levels in the water.

Dead fish pictured in the River Stour Picture: Frank Todd
Dead fish pictured in the River Stour Picture: Frank Todd

It is working with the Environment Agency and the Internal Drainage Board to determine what action to take.

A spokesman for Dover District Council said: "The Council is aware of the concerns regarding the condition of the watercourse along the Ropewalk.

"We would not encourage anyone to enter the water course or carry out clearance works without first approaching the council for approval as the area contains wildlife habitats that are protected by law and any person disturbing these habitats may be liable to prosecution."

The Rope Walk in Sandwich close to where the fish were spotted Picture: Gary Browne
The Rope Walk in Sandwich close to where the fish were spotted Picture: Gary Browne

Frank Todd was walking along the Rope Walk, close to Gulf petrol station, when he spotted the lifeless animals among the algae in the water, last Tuesday.

He posted the images on a local Facebook page sparking a debate among residents.

They commented on the overgrown weeds and lack of maintenance and raised concerns over other fish known to the waters, such as carp.

A lifeless fish floating on the River Stour surface Picture: Frank Todd
A lifeless fish floating on the River Stour surface Picture: Frank Todd

Others advised dog owners not to allow their pets near the water.

The Environment Agency has been approached for a comment.

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