Increasing numbers of seabirds are washing up on the south coast covered in a mystery substance.
Wildlife experts are no closer to discovering the cause of the environmental damage, which has seen more than 100 birds taken into the RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset. Most of the birds were found at Chesil Beach, Dorset:
RSPCA deputy chief inspector John Pollock, who has been leading the rescue mission in Dorset, said
We just do not know what this substance is. It is white, odourless and globular, like a silicone sealer. The best way I can think to describe it is 'sticky Vaseline'.
The numbers of the birds coming in have been growing and sadly there were quite a few dead birds this morning.
We are still down at the beach, though, collecting and trying to save as many of them as we can. We are expecting this rescue mission to continue through the weekend.
More top news
Gunmen have stormed a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, taking a number of hostages and opening fire at police. Here's what we know.
Wales came from behind to make history as a 3-1 win propelled them into the last four of a major football tournament for the first time.
Oliver Paps said: "I'm going to jump in the air - take a photo for me as a memory", before plunging 200ft to his death, witnesses said.