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Twickenham MP Vince Cable calls for investigation into River Crane pollution
Vince Cable has called for an urgent inquiry into the pollution of the River Crane.
The Twickenham MP has written to the Environment Agency and Thames Water asking for a high-level inquiry after thousands of fish were killed by pollution earlier this month.
The incident occurred just days after Dr Cable had introduced a conference about the future of the river.
He said: "I have been working with residents groups for over a decade to improve the environment of this long neglected urban river and much has been achieved.
"But this dreadful sewage incident has destroyed thousands of fish and other wildlife.
"Coming only two years after the last big incident it is clear that the protections are inadequate.
"I am demanding a serious and urgent inquiry into causes, culpability and remedies."
The river became polluted following a broken pipe leaking sludge sewage, killing thousands of fish.
Last week the Environment Agency launched a fresh appeal for information such as the registrations or models of vehicles and on-site machinery.
A spokesman said: "Between September 26 and September 30 we believe a low-loader lorry delivered a 360 tracked excavator to the site accessed from Cranford High Street.
"The 360 was picked up by another low-loader lorry, possibly the same one, on October 2 or 3."
To report information, call the Environment Agency on 0800 807 060 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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