Investigation after oil leaks in Gloucestershire stream

Heating oil leaked into a Gloucestershire stream after the container it was stored in was damaged.

Police said the oil was in a 2,500 litre container at a home in Oakridge Lynch, near Stroud. It was punctured between Thursday and Saturday.

Locals called the Environment Agency, which placed booms in the water to try to stop the oil travelling downstream.

Police said some oil was still in the watercourse. Officers are investigating criminal damage and seek witnesses.

'Huge implications'

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said it was not known exactly how much oil had leaked into the water.

Pc Jon Palfrey, the force's rural and environmental crime officer, said: "The environmental implications of this are huge.

"Oil getting into this stream has a massive effect on both the local wildlife and the community.

"We would like to urge anyone who has any information about the damage to the oil container to contact us as soon possible."

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