Foam 'clumps' found in woodland stream

The foam in the river
The Environment Agency said the foam "dissipated" when they arrived to examine it [Mark Rawlinson ]

Huge "clumps" of foam like "washing-up liquid" have been found in a stretch of a woodland stream.

The Environment Agency (EA) said it examined the area following an incident of potential pollution at Sweet Clough in Burnley.

Mark Rawlinson discovered the foam, which he said "began to move like some science fiction thing", while walking the Woodland Trust site on Wednesday.

An EA spokesman said the majority of the foam had "dissipated" and had no environmental impacts".

The foam in the river
Mr Rawlinson said he was "upset" thinking about the damage it may have caused [Mark Rawlinson ]

Mr Rawlinson, from Burnley, described the foam as "clumps" like "washing-up-liquid".

He said: "I had heard about it before I went to look and to be fair it was quite alarming the size of some of the clumps, I was amazed then shocked when it slowly started to move like some science fiction thing.

"Then I was upset with the amount of damage it may have caused."

The 62-year-old found the foam on his regular walk at about 13:15 BST on Wednesday .

The EA is urging people to report any signs of pollutions as soon as possible.

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