ENVIRONMENTAL chiefs have launched a probe over a Co Down river fish kill.
They describe the pollution incident on the River Inler near Comber as “highly severe”.
Local anglers say thousands of wild brown trout and flat fish have perished after water used for washing crops leaked from Martin Hamilton Farms.
The Department of Environment said investigators were following a “definite line of inquiry”
Officials on the ground – from the DoE and the NI Environment Agency- have visited Martin Hamilton Farms and recovered evidence to build a prosecution file.
In a statement, the DoE said an anonymous tip off was made to its water pollution hotline alerting them to the large fish kill.
An inspection was later carried out by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
Local people had been reporting for days a “terrible pong” hanging over the town.