Hereford & Worcester

Plans to trap 'rogue' River Severn seal revived

Keith the seal swimming
Keith the seal is believed to have been in the River Severn for around a year

Plans to trap and remove a seal which has been swimming near Worcester for the past year are set to be revived in January.

The seal, nicknamed Keith, has been spotted swimming in the River Severn, south of the city centre, this week.

The Anglers Trust say the animal - believed to be female - is depleting fish stocks.

A rescue team said they were due to take delivery of some specialist equipment to help with the operation.

In November, conservation group Natural England granted a licence to have the creature removed and relocated.

The work will be carried out by Mercia Inshore Search and Rescue, a voluntary organisation.

The seal has already been the subject of a failed bid to locate and trap her.

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