Doctor’s Pond contaminated

PUBLISHED: 13:45 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 06:56 30 May 2010

Rachel Eaton peers at the white liquid Picture: NICK THOMPSON

Rachel Eaton peers at the white liquid Picture: NICK THOMPSON

A WHITE substance was found to be spewing into the Doctor s Pond on Monday afternoon. At 10.30am a thick white liquid, thought to be paint, was spotted by local eye witnesses, including Rachel Eaton from Woodlands Park as she headed back from the town cen

A WHITE substance was found to be spewing into the Doctor's Pond on Monday afternoon.

At 10.30am a thick white liquid, thought to be paint, was spotted by local eye witnesses, including Rachel Eaton from Woodlands Park as she headed back from the town centre.

She said: "I walked passed 20 minutes ago and nothing was there, but on my way back I saw what looked liked paint literally pouring into the pond. There certainly was a lot of it. It is really worrying with so many birds and fish around."

The pond is home to around 200 birds and fish so to avoid disaster Dunmow Town Council took action.

Town clerk Owen Wilson said: "On hearing the news we sent staff out to investigate the area and called in the Environment Agency to take samples of the water. The water feeds in from a large catchment area, so it is difficult to pin point the exact source of the contamination."

Fortunately the Environment Agency sample proved that no harm had been done to the wildlife and the pond received the all clear.

If you saw the incident or what may have caused it let the broadcast know ring 01371 874537 or e-mail editor@dunmowbroadcast.co.uk

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