THOUSANDS of fish have been found dead in a river near Uttoxeter and an environmental investigation is now underway to confirm the cause.
Angler Glen Pointon posted a tweet with a picture showing several dead fish on a riverbank near the River Tean.
He said: “It’s one of the saddest moments in fishing I have ever seen, a river I often fish called the river Tean, a tributary of the Dove has been polluted over the last 24 hours and killed every single bit of life in the river.
“Thousands of trout fry, grayling, huge trout, stone loach, bull heads are lying in their thousands all over the bed of the river. The Environmental Agency are there now. Gutted is not the word.”
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with a fish kill on the River Tean.
“The incident was reported to us yesterday evening and our officers attended the scene shortly after.
“Today we are continuing to investigate the cause, checking and taking samples on the river upstream and downstream of where the incident occurred.
“We are still assessing how many fish have died but early estimates are in excess of 1000.”