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Kent police identify body found in river

Kent Police are investigating after a man's body was pulled from the river in Ashford today. Officers were called to the scene next to the now derelict Liquid and Envy nightclub on East Hill at 9.34 this morning and the road was cordoned off while forensics teams examined the area. The man has now been identified as a 50-year-old from the local area and his next of kin have been informed. Officers are not currently treating the death as suspicious but enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The road is now open but police remain at the scene.

Appeal following unexplained death

Police appealing for witnesses after the unexplained death of a man in Reading.

Officers were called to reports of man in the river in Reading, close to the Oracle at around 7:45am. Emergency services attended and the man was taken from the water to hospital where he sadly died.

His next of kin have been informed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the river or shortly before.

The man, from Reading, was in his sixties, medium build with balding dark hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

“I understand a number of people were in the area when the man was in the water. I would ask anyone who saw the man in the water or in the area shortly before to contact the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Det Sgt Will Crowther from Reading police station

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Questions still remain over river death

A coroner has said she cannot be certain the death of a man, whose body was found in the River Medway, was an accident. Patrick Lamb's disappearance in December sparked a nationwide search to find him. His body was pulled from the water one month later.

Pat Lamb Credit: Kent Police

The cause of death is 'immersion' meaning he could have drowned or suffered a cardiac arrest due to shock brought on by entering cold water. Alcohol was cited as a contributing factor.

Thames Water fined over sewage leak

Thames Water has been fined more than £27,000 for causing the pollution of a river in Surrey

The incident saw a pipe burst in a field behind Walton Lane sewage pumping station in Weybridge and flooded the field with sewage, which then entered the Engine River.

The company admitted the offence at Staines Magistrates Court on Friday May, 24.

The company was fined £18,000, ordered to pay costs of £9,764.15 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Thames Water was advised by the Environment Agency to contain the spilt sewage with sandbags and removal of sludge from the top of the river.

However, the court heard how Thames Water did not make enough effort to contain the pollution and affecting over 1.2 kilometres of the river.

Rivers and water courses are an important part of the environment; they offer an essential resource for wildlife, fisheries and recreation. It is distressing when incidents such as this one occur and cause fairly significant environmental damage, with several hundred fish killed by this sewage spill.

The prosecution and fining of Thames Water sends a clear message to other companies that if you fail in your environmental responsibilities you may be prosecuted.

– Marie De Viell, Environment Agency Solicitor

Fobney Island Reserve opens

Fobney Island's new wildlife haven Credit: Environment Agency

A wildlife haven has openedafter a revamp - thanks to a £500,000 facelift.

Fobney Island in Reading has seen rough grassland transformed into a wetlandhaven for nature.

The Environment Agency joined forces withReading Borough Council, Thames Water and the Thames Rivers Trust to carry outthe work.

The renovation work carriedout included additional flood storage, a restored river channel, new viewingpoints and disability access.

Graham Scholey, EnvironmentAgency Conservation Technical Specialist, said: "This project will make areal difference to the diversity of wildlife at the site."

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