Hundreds of dead fish found close to Jumbles reservoir

The Bolton News: Hundreds of dead fish found close to Jumbles reservoir Hundreds of dead fish found close to Jumbles reservoir

AN investigation has been launched after hundreds of dead fish were spotted in a river close to a Bolton reservoir.

The dead fish were found by Gary Fleming, from Ramsbottom, in Bradshaw Brook, near Bolton on Sunday while he was walking in the area with a friend.

Mr Fleming said he found the scene disturbing, and that he could clearly see dead fish floating in the water.

He said: “They were fresh, someone has dumped something there poisonous and powerful enough to kill all the fish in there.

“I saw about 60 dead fish on the surface, but there was some water that was so deep that you couldn’t see. There could have been hundreds.

“I got to the bottom of Jumbles reservoir and there was about a mile of water strewn with dead fish.

“I was walking along and thought this is so disturbing, even spooky.”

Bradshaw Brook connects the Wayoh and Jumbles reservoirs, which are used by United Utilities to provide homes across north Manchester with non-drinking water.

They are also connected to three other reservoirs, including the Turton and Entwistle reservoir.

A spokesman for United Utilities said the incident was initially reported on Friday, and that a joint investigation between themselves and the Environment Agency is continuing into the cause of the incident.

He said: “The incident was reported to us on Friday, and we are now working with the Environment Agency to help find out what caused this, but at the moment we don’t know.”

An Environment Agency Spokesperson added: “After receiving reports of fish in distress at Bradshaw Brook, our Fisheries officers attended the site.

“On arrival, they found hundreds of fish dead in the water. Investigations to determine the cause of this incident are ongoing.”

The Environment Agency are urging anyone who sees signs of fish in distress to call their incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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12:31pm Sat 14 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

Hmmm.. definitely something fishy going on.
Hmmm.. definitely something fishy going on. MarkAllRead

1:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Darrennz says...

If the poisoning is at the start of the brook then it is highly likely that it has been done with intention. As a chemical travels downstream it will get weaker as it reacts and dilutes. My guess would be 8 letters ending in rine.
If the poisoning is at the start of the brook then it is highly likely that it has been done with intention. As a chemical travels downstream it will get weaker as it reacts and dilutes. My guess would be 8 letters ending in rine. Darrennz

5:00pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SirTommy says...

"...used by United Utilities to provide homes across north Manchester with non-drinking water." Does this mean some homes in the area have two water supplies? It's a good idea but I wasn't aware such a thing existed.
"...used by United Utilities to provide homes across north Manchester with non-drinking water." Does this mean some homes in the area have two water supplies? It's a good idea but I wasn't aware such a thing existed. SirTommy

7:54pm Sat 14 Dec 13

soup153 says...

All that BS from PM mob had to be flushed somewhere.
All that BS from PM mob had to be flushed somewhere. soup153

3:09am Sun 15 Dec 13

Count de Monet says...

I couldn't help laughing as I read Mr.Fleming's comment ''I got to the bottom of Jumbles reservoir .......''. He must have been wearing scuba gear.
I couldn't help laughing as I read Mr.Fleming's comment ''I got to the bottom of Jumbles reservoir .......''. He must have been wearing scuba gear. Count de Monet

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