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Toxins leaking from old Sheffield landfill sites

Michael Spurr
Image caption Farmer Michael Spurr said he was worried about the impact on his livestock

Toxins are leaking from old landfill sites in Sheffield, causing pollution to a nature reserve and stream.

Millions of tons of household and light industrial waste were dumped at Parkwood Springs and Beighton sites, which are now capped off and closed.

Methane gas and a toxic liquid called leachate have polluted Shire Brook and Beighton Marshes nature reserve.

Sheffield council said it was spending more than £500,000 on measures to tackle the problem.

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The area where the landfill sites were is now known as Lindleybank Meadows and parts of it are used by dog walkers, cyclists and ramblers.

Image caption Methane gas and a liquid called leachate, which is rainwater mixed with chemicals and metals, has polluted the surrounding area
Image caption The council said work on a new set of measures would start later this year

Farmer Michael Spurr said he was worried about the effects on his livestock and the food chain.

"I'm the farm owner with land adjacent to it so obviously it can pollute the land I'm farming," he said.

"The sheep that are in that field now, which are also part of the food chain, are they going to be affected?"

He added: "You've only got to look into the water to see you haven't got fish swimming by or any frogs or newts. It's all to the naked eye dead."

Several attempts to tackle the problem over the years have been "tried and failed", the council said.

It said a clear plan had now been identified and work on installing new landfill gas mismanagement at both sites would start this year.

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