Foam frothing through river sparks environmental fears in Yorkshire

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Residents have raised concerns after spotting a “strange foam” in a river near their homes. As these pictures show, there is a large mass of what appears to be white froth in the River Colne near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

They were posted on a local Facebook group by a woman called Brenda Stead, Yorkshire Live reports.

She wrote that she had contacted Yorkshire Water after spotting the issue near the village of Linthwaite.

And she said that other nearby residents had reported the foam to the Environment Agency.

Despite residents’ concerns, the Environment Agency said they had inspected and were not worried about the substance.

Another picture shows the froth scattered across the water’s surface.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We have sent an officer to investigate this report of foam in the River Colne. Following an inspection we do not have any environmental concerns and expect it to dissipate. We always encourage people to report pollution incidents to our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”

This isn’t the first time that people living near the Colne have spotted a mystery froth in the river.

Five years ago, in August 2017, environmental officers were investigating after a thick white foam was spotted covering the River Colne.

Pictures of the foam were posted on Facebook as the foam spread to Slaithwaite.

And back in July 2012 residents in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, were shocked when they awoke to find thick white suds smothering the water.

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The substance was also seen bubbling up through the drains in a nearby road and spilling into the streets.

Back then the Environment Agency said it was trying to track down the source of the foam.

But it said local fish and wildlife seemed to have been unharmed by the pollution.

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