River oil spill investigation

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FIRE Crews are investigating a large oil spillage threatening a stretch of the River Wyre near Scorton.

Lancashire Fire’s urban search and rescue team, Environment Agency officers and the mountain rescue team had all been called to the river near Gubberford Lane to help contain the spill and track down the source.

Firefighters have set-up a containment boom at the site to stop the flow of the oil, believed to be diesel.

The team responded to calls made on Sunday at around 4.35pm after a concerned member of the public reported a “pungent smell” coming from the river.

It is understood areas around the site have been sealed off while investigations are carried out.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said on Monday: “Teams are currently at the site trying to find the source.

“Reports were made of an oily film and a strong smell similar to paint stripper.

“The spillage has been stopped from travelling down stream but it is quite a complicated operation with the terrain and every inch of the river being searched.”

* Full story in this week’s Garstang Courier, out on Wednesday, February 8