'Sewage' in Leeds & Liverpool canal kills more than 1,000 fish

"Sewage" or "farm run-off" may have caused the death of more than 1,000 fish during a "pollution incident" in a canal, a waterways charity has said.

Dead fish

Boat owners reported seeing fish in a "distressed" state on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Leigh on Thursday, the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) said.

Hydrogen peroxide has now been added to the water to increase oxygen levels.

Fisheries officer Paul Breslin said something that was not "immediately toxic" was probably to blame.

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Fishing bid

man and a big fish

Angling Direct is in "advanced negotiations" regarding a potential acquisition of Chapmans Angling.

"There can be no certainty that a transaction will be concluded and a further announcement, as appropriate, will be made in due course," said Angling Direct, which is the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK.