Appeal for information over red diesel leak

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THE Environment Agency is appealing for information to help trace the source of a red diesel leak that polluted a local river.

An orange discolouration was first noticed by residents in Grendon Underwood on Monday, February 13, as the pollutant flowed into a ditch at Crescent Cottages in the north of the village.

Specialist Environment Agency officers discovered that red-tinted fuel oil had entered the River Ray. The team prevented several hundred litres of oil from entering the nearby river.

Jo Wines, from the agency, said: “This incident had the potential to seriously pollute the river and cause a great deal of environmental damage. We urgently need to trace the source of the leak as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information can call the agency’s 24-hour hotline on 0800 807060.