An update has been issued on the progress of an investigation that saw dozens of fish killed in a suspected pollution incident last year. 

In April 2023, Scores of fish were found dead in the Richmondshire area, with Holme Beck, Gilling Beck and Skeeby Beck all affected. 

At the time of the incident, a leak of farm slurry from the AWSM Farming site at Hutton Magna was linked to the issue. The farm business said that vandals were responsible and police had been contacted.

Dozens of dead fishDozens of dead fish (Image: STUART BOULTON)

The issue at Skeeby Beck was raised during a meeting of the Save Our Swale campaign group on Saturday, with the chair of Richmond and District Angling Society, Ron Wood, saying that he had helped the Environment Agency with its investigation into the incident. 

One of the dead fish at Skeeby BeckOne of the dead fish at Skeeby Beck (Image: STUART BOULTON)

"In Skeeby Beck in April last year, it was a category one incident, which meant that the Environment Agency had to respond as soon as possible and that it was the highest level of pollution seen.

"I met with the Environment Agency and they said the investigation was progressing rapidly - and they were hoping to conclude soon. 

"We await this conclusion, and look forward to looking at their findings."

On Thursday (June 13), the Environment Agency was contacted about the progress of its investigation - with the group highlighting that, due to the complex nature of the investigation, it will take time.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "The Environment Agency investigation is progressing; however, we are still gathering evidence, including witness statements.

"We are continuing to compile and assess evidence to build a clear picture of the case. This is complex and can take time.

"We will take any relevant enforcement action, as required.

"We will share further information as soon as we are able."