Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water investigate sewage leak in Colburn

The sewage leak. Photo: Paul Kelstrup.

Debris caused a sewage leak which it is thought polluted a stream in Catterick Garrison, officials say.

Residents say sewage has spilled from a manhole cover near the Chase estate in Colburn.

It appears the sewage has got into nearby Sour Beck and killed fish.

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Yorkshire Water say the problem was caused by debris getting into the system.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident at Sour Beck which drains to Brough beck and we have a team attending the issue on-site.

“It was caused by a blockage of debris such as branches and work is ongoing to drastically reduce the risk of further escapes.”

Dead fish in Sour Beck. Photo: Paul Kelstrup.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The Environment Agency is investigating reports of sewage pollution in Sour Beck, near Catterick.

“Our officers are out on the ground, assessing any potential impacts, and we have been working with Yorkshire Water to ascertain the possible causes.

“Anyone who sees any environmental problems that may have been caused by pollution please report it to our incident hotline on 0800 807060 so we can investigate.”