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A se­ri­ous oil pol­lu­tion in­ci­dent caused a clo­sure of a seven-mile length of the Great Ouse in Septem­ber.

The spill, be­lieved to have orig­i­nated from River­side Park in Hunt­ing­don, af­fected the river as far down­stream as be­low St Ives, with the locks at God­manch­ester, Houghton, Hem­ing­ford and St Ives plus the reaches in be­tween them tem­po­rar­ily closed to nav­i­ga­tion. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency de­ployed booms and spill kits to con­tain the oily sub­stance, while the RSPCA car­ried out a wildlife res­cue op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing tak­ing a num­ber of swans to a res­cue cen­tre.

As we went to press the EA was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing sam­ples of the pol­lu­tant to at­tempt to iden­tify it and find out its ori­gin.

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