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River Ellen, Cumbria

Dead fingerlings

Three Cumbrian angling clubs were compensated by the First Milk and Cheese Company Ltd who polluted stretches of the River Ellen in June 2008.

Chemicals from tanks at the Aspatria creamery leaked into a surface water drain and killed thousands of wild fish in the river - including salmon and trout - up to 4km downstream of the facility.  Environment Agency officers attending said of the dead juvenile that here "were too many to collect".  Adult fish up to 12lb were also found dead in the river.

Fish Legal expected the claims made on behalf of the angling clubs to go all the way to trial but the company finally agreed to settle after a period of prolonged negotiation.

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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