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RSPCA urges public to keep an eye out for wildlife after pond polluted

THE RSPCA is urging the public to keep an eye out for waterbirds which may have been impacted by a pollution spill in Newton-le-Willows. It is believed the substance contaminated the park pond at the end of last month and since then many fish have died, as well as a heron. The RSPCA 1st received a report, on 31 March 2021, and has been liaising with the Environment Agency to try and find out what the substance is and how it got into the water. Now the animal welfare charity is urging the local community to keep an eye out for any sick or injured animals such as heron, swans or ducks that may have come into contact with the contaminate and contact the RSPCA for help on:- 03001234999.

Inspector Caren Goodman James, who continues to monitor the situation, said:- "We were really sad to learn that lots of fish and a heron have already died, we suspect as a result of the pollutant. We have heard locally that it is a detergent but this is yet to be confirmed. We know that members of the community are checking and feeding the waterbirds at the park but we'd also ask members of the public in the wider area to please keep an eye out for waterbirds and any other animals that may have been affected and to call us on our helpline if there is an animal in need. We'd also like to remind dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead in the area to avoid them from drinking from the water. We have checked the site recently and the animals seem healthy at the moment, but we will continue to monitor the situation."

The RSPCA would recommend anyone who sees pollution on water or land to call the Environment Agency 24 hour incident hotline on:- 0800807060. For more advice on what to do if you find a wild animal in need of help, please visit the RSPCA's website.

Cats Protection shops in Merseyside excited to welcome back customers

CATS Protection's charity shops in Southport and West Kirby are reopening their doors to customers, on Monday, following the easing of retail lockdown restrictions. Staff and volunteers have been busy preparing to welcome back customers, and measures will once again be in place to ensure the safety of everyone in stores, including:- limits on the numbers of customers, hand sanitising stations and rigorous cleaning.

The shops will be ready and waiting to take in donations of good quality 2nd hand clothing, accessories, books and bric a brac. With so many people using lockdown as a time to have a clear out it is expected there will be a considerable amount of donations to sort through; which also means there will be lots of new stock for customers to browse.

Opening hours will be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and shorter hours on Sundays, but please check with your local shop as some might have different times.

Area Retail Manager Sarah Jordan said:- "We can't wait to welcome back customers after such a long time, but the safety of our staff, volunteers and customers is our highest priority and previously introduced safety measures will continue to be observed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It is great to know that we will once again be able to support the work of our network of volunteers in helping cats and kittens in need."

Cats Protection is a national network of around:- 230 volunteer run branches, 37 centres and 109 shops, helping around 200,000 cats and kittens every year. For more information please visit:- Cats.Org.UK.

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