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Health warning over polluted river.

Byline: The Environment Agency is warning people to avoid one of the UK's major rivers following a "pollution incident".

Summary: The Environment Agency is warning people to avoid one of the UK's major rivers following a "pollution incident".

The Environment Agency is warning people to avoid one of the UK's major rivers following a "pollution incident".

Thousands of fish have already died and more wildlife is at risk after untreated sewage and cyanide made its way into the River Trent in Staffordshire.

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: "This is due to untreated sewage and cyanide at levels that are potentially a cause for concern, especially with regard to fish, wildlife and animals. The warning to stay out of the river applies to everyone, including farmers, anglers, dog walkers, boaters and anyone using the river for work or pleasure."

"We are tracking the pollution as it moves downstream, It is likely to travel downstream of Yoxall, reaching Burton on Trent area late tomorrow afternoon by which time it will have been diluted so the risk may well have reduced."

An investigation has been launched into the cause, but this could not be discussed for legal reasons.

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