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River pollution kills thousands of fish in Lincolnshire
The Environment Agency said that it would be doing all that it can to restore the river's ecosystem.

Environment Agency taking situation “very seriously”

More than 100,000 fish have died due to pollution in a Lincolnshire river, according to a statement issued by the environment agency.

In March, thousands of dead fish were spotted in the River Witham between Kirkstead Bridge and Barney Bridge. BBC News reports that high levels of ammonia were later detected in the river.

The Environment Agency told BBC News that it could not reveal the source of the contamination as it would “prejudice’ its investigation.

"According to our latest estimates, the pollution that occurred in the River Witham in March has caused the death of no fewer than 100,000 fish. The exact figure is likely to be higher and could be several times this,” it said in a statement.

The agency added that it was taking the incident “very seriously” and that it would be looking "to prosecute those who negligently damage our precious environment and wildlife".

"We will also be doing everything we can to ensure that the river's ecosystem is restored," it said. 

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UK a step closer to ivory ban

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 A UK ban on ivory sales is one step closer to coming into force, as the government has introduced the Ivory Bill to parliament. The ban covers items of all ages, rather than just ivory carved after 1947. Anyone breaching the ban will face an unlimited fine or up to five years in jail.

Conservationists have welcomed the bill, which comes less than six weeks after the government published the results of a consultation on this issue. Around 55 African elephants are now slaughtered for their ivory every day and the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year.  

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