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An investigation has begun into how gallons of oil leaked into a river in the centre of Reading, harming dozens of swans.
A three and a half mile stretch of the River Kennet was affected and experts say it could take weeks to clean up.
The Environment Agency is working with police and says the substance is believed to have leaked from a nearby industrial site.
As Mel Bloor reports.
Mel spoke to Dorothy Beeson from the Swan Sanctuary and David Mc Knight from the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency has said it may take a matter of days or even weeks to clean up the oil spill in the River Kennet in Reading.
Oil absorbent booms have been put in place to help contain the spill.
More than three miles of the river has been affected.
Swans have been rescued from the river to protect their welfare.
David Mc Knight, Environment Agency
The Environment Agency has been dealing with oil leak on the River Kennet in Reading.
It received numerous calls earlier regarding oil in the water and confirmed that around 5.5km of the river has been affected.
Swan rescue teams have been taking birds from the water into cleaner areas.
The Environment Agency says every effort is being made to find the source of this pollution which is believed to have originated in the industrial areas in south Reading.
It says it's working with the Police, Thames Water and Swan Lifeline to minimise the impact of this pollution incident.
Oil absorbent booms have been put into the Foundry Brook to try to contain the spill.
Anyone who sees a swan in distress is asked to call Swan Lifeline on 01753 859 397.
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The clean up has begun after an oil spill into the River Kennet in Reading yesterday.