In other news, on other sites: River Crane Spill & Metal Thieves

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River Crane Sewage Spill

Crane Park Shot Tower

Thames Water has said that a jammed valve in a sewer serving Heathrow Airport has led to sewage being released into the River Crane. During the incident, Thames Water were able to remove some of the sewage by tankers but faced with the possibility of having sewage backing up into Heathrow airport the decision was made to release some of it into the Crane. Seven miles of river has been affected and an estimated 3,000 fish killed, no doubt with other wildlife to follow. This is terrible news for the local area, especially after the work that has been put into the Crane over recent years. The Environment Agency is conducting an investigation into the incident.

* BBC News Story
* Thames Water’s statement
Their statement acknowledges and regrets damage to wildlife but it is rather bland. And it seems just as concerned about a temporary increase in “odour” around the Mogden Lane treatment works. (We couldn’t see anything on this spill in the News Releases section of their site earlier today… but there was a new item about singing in the shower. So that’s all OK then.)

News Release from Thames Water on this issue. Chief Exec Martin Baggs says they will be working to put right the environmental damage caused by the spill.

And the comments to this story now include a link to photos and the statement issued by FORCE (Friend of the River Crane).

In other, other news:
Radnor Gardens War Memorial Thieves
Thieves have stolen a plaque from the war memorial in Radnor Gardens in Twickenham. With metal prices high, all sorts of objects are becoming vulnerable to thieves or, as the Richmond and Twickenham Times refers to them on its front page, “scum”. Can’t argue with that. Any information on the theft would be welcomed by the police.


LBRuT: Plea for its return.


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12 responses to “In other news, on other sites: River Crane Spill & Metal Thieves

  1. FORCE has organised a public meeting to discuss the River Crane for 11th July, in Twickenham Library, starting at 7-30pm. Thames Water will be present at this meeting and it will be an opportunity for the public to hear more about the incident and the plans for the future and to put their questions to Thames Water and FORCE representatives.

  2. River Crane Pollution Update – 10 November 2011: Rob Gray gave the FORCE AGM on 10th November 2011 the inside story; I have posted a summary at

  3. Friday Nov 04 news update from the AnglingTrust:

    £0.5 million compensation is mentioned.

  4. mike

    it beggers belief in 2011 that they still get away with this. It was a commercial decision , no doubt, to stop tankering and turn the sluices open, probably cheaper in the long run, eh, TW? They got away with Mogden and the smell and mosquitos for years, now they can effectively kill a river so as not to upset Heathrow airport. If this was the US the env pro agency would charge. They would go to jail, pure and simple.

  5. The Friends Of The River Crane Environment (FORCE state: We have been very saddened to see the effects of a major pollution incident in the River Crane . . On Sunday there was clear evidence of a major fish kill along the 10 kilometres of the lower River Crane, as well as the 5 kilometre linked channel known as the Duke of Northumberland’s River (DNR). The Environment Agency (EA) stated at the time that around 3000 fish were believed dead . .

    Thames Water and the EA have pledged to do all they can to assess the damage and clean up the river. However this is likely to take a long time, largely governed by the natural recuperation processes of the river system. It could take weeks to flush out the worst of the pollution and several years to return to its previous ecological richness.

    This is a particularly difficult blow for the Crane given all the hard work that has been done by FORCE members, Richmond and Hounslow councils, and many other organisations and individuals over the last few years to improve the river environment and its value for local people. FORCE is determined that this current situation will be overcome and the ongoing improvements to the surrounding green spaces will continue.

    Rob Gray, Chair of FORCE said; “The Trustees and members of FORCE are shocked by this horrendous event and have been overwhelmed by calls and e-mails expressing concern about our well loved river. It is however essential to remember that the River Crane is not destroyed for good and it will recover”.

    “Recovery will not be a quick fix and Thames Water needs to work with local groups and the EA, and to provide whatever is needed, fully funded over the long term to ensure a complete recovery. We are determined to ensure that as far as possible this situation should never occur again and will urge Thames Water to review and revise their systems so that no similar pollution event can happen.”

    In the short term it is important for all riverside visitors to keep both themselves and their dogs out of the river until further notice. Despite the warning notices posted in the park by FORCE trustees, there were still dogs bathing in the river this week.

  6. George

    This is terrible news for the river and the local community. A lot of work has gone into improving the habitat along the River Crane over recent years(shot tower nature reserve, Kneller Gardens etc) and this sets all of that good work back. Although the water might soon be clear again, as Ted says, the damage to wildlife is done. Hope Thames Water do as they promise, and quickly. And perhaps a hefty fine might help focus their minds for the future.

  7. TedF

    The Crane runs right past my house and I must say, it’s a terrible sight. The water is a grey colour like the run off from a washing machine, and there is no sign of any birds going anywhere near it other than the hardy and fearless gulls. At the weekend all the dead fish were left floating around as a reminder that Thames Water are fucking wankers. The saddest thing of all is that this is not the first time, won’t be the last, and they give no fucks. I guess either the council or the government or Satan himself is deeply involved with this crappy (heh) company. I would say “Shame on you” to Thames Water but they have none. Fine them until their wallets bleed it’s the only thing they care about.

    • Do you have any photos to share on here?

    • TedF

      Just been down there to try to get a few shots and, as luck would have it, the water is more or less back to it’s normal colour. The heavy rains late last night and the pumping/filtering thing they’ve had running all day must have had an effect because although the damage has been done, the stench has mostly gone. Ducks still staying away and obviously the fish stocks are decimated, but at least it’s not just an open sewer. Still, that water had to go somewhere – right into the Thames etc. Terrible.

  8. The River Crane pollution: a statement from Thames Water & details of dreadful mess the river are in at: