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Pollution of Glenavy River leaves 400 fish dead

By Linda Stewart

Hundreds of fish have been killed following a severe water pollution incident on a Co Antrim river.

The major fish kill in the Glenavy River on Friday evening left almost 400 adult and juvenile trout dead.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) said it became aware of the fish kill after a tip-off on the water pollution hotline.

Officers travelled immediately to the scene and noticed a number of dead trout over a distance of approximately 500 metres in the river.

"Further to the NIEA investigation, the polluting discharge was confirmed as an agricultural source," he said.

"The source of the pollution was identified and samples have been taken with a view to initiating prosecution proceedings."

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "I am concerned about this.

"I will be monitoring developments here closely along with NIEA officials."

Investigations are ongoing.

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