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17th May, 2022

Fears for local woodland, stream and river after large fuel theft and spillage in Hampton Lovett

CONCERNS have been raised about local watercourses being polluted after a fuel theft at Evesons in Hampton Lovett led to a spillage.

A concerned employee from one of the businesses on the same site as Evesons contacted the Standard over fears for the impact on the local environment.

She said: “The smell was really bad for a number of days and we were concerned about the fuel spilling into the adjacent woodland.

“We also fear it could have got into the groundwater and polluted the local watercourse.

“We just hope it has not gone into the River Severn because there is a lot of wildlife around there which could be jeopardised.”

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Our officers have responded after oil impacted a small stream near the Hampton Lovett industrial estate.

“Action was taken to immediately to initiate clean-up works and put remedial measures in place to reduce the impacts of any further escape of oil from the source of the pollution to the stream which is a tributary of the Elmbridge Brook.”

They urged anyone wanting to report any issues following the spillage to call the EA 24/7 incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

West Mercia Police confirmed reports of a ‘large quantity of fuel’ being stolen between 11pm on October 28 and 6am on October 29 from a business premises on Wassage Way, Hampton Lovett.

The force added enquiries were ongoing and said anyone with information on those responsible should call police on 101.

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