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Contamination of Langley Brook, Sutton Coldfield

The following is a press release from West Midlands Fire Service:

At 9:50 this morning West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) received an emergency call to reports of a strong smell of petrol near a brook in Churchill Road, Sutton Coldfield.  Crews from Sutton Coldfield and Ward End fire stations attended the scene and on arrival, were confronted by a large oil spill which had entered the water course.

Jeremy Sharpe, a spokesman for WMFS said: “Throughout the morning we have been working with the Environment Agency to safely contain the spillage.

“As of 14:02, this had been achieved and presents no further significant risk.  `However, a safety cordon of one to two metres remains in place around affected areas of the stream and we ask for the cooperation of members of the public in staying away from the water for the next couple of days while we work with the Environment Agency to establish the source of the leak.

The safety cordon is now under the control of the Environment Agency and West Midlands Fire Service crews have now left the scene.

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