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Tests to be carried out after Piranhas found in Yorkshire pond

Tests are being carried out on two piranhas found dead in a Yorkshire fishing lake.

People living in the village of Edlington, near Doncaster, have suggested the notorious fish could be responsible for a decline in ducks at Martinwells Lake.

Experts have suggested that it is virtually impossible for the piranhas to have lived in Yorkshire temperature open water.

The lake, known locally as the Brick Pond, is owned by Doncaster Council and a spokesman for the authority said the dead fish have been taken for examination.

It's thought they initially pets before being put in the lake Credit: Editorial

Given the natural habitat of piranhas, it is highly unlikely that the fish were alive at any time in the lake.

We assume that these were pets that were placed in the lake, something that we would strongly discourage people from doing.

The presence of a piranha is somewhat of a novelty so they have since been taken away by the Environment Agency for testing.

In any event we would always strongly advise against anyone paddling or swimming in this or any lake due to the dangers of deep water.

– Gill Gillies, assistant director of environment