White substance believed to be milk spotted running down beck in Weaponness Valley Road, Scarborough

A freshwater stream in Scarborough appears to have been contaminated.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 3:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 3:10 pm

A white substance, which is suspected to be milk, has been spotted running down a beck in Weaponness Valley Road.

Resident Brian Ralph who lives just over the road from the beck, said he noticed the colour of the water change on two separate occasions last week.

He said: "The beck runs in the open behind the bungalows, it comes from underground and goes back underground a bit later on.

The beck in Weaponness Valley.

"On Tuesday morning from 9am to 10am it was running white and again on Friday morning."

As drainage pipes from neighbouring housing estates empty in the beck, the assumption is that someone may be spilling milk. However, this is yet to be confirmed.

After sharing pictures of the stream with the Weaponness Valley Community Group, of which he is vice chairman, Brian is hoping someone will shed some light on the incident.

"We don't want this happening, it's a freshwater stream and it's against the law," he added. "[People] should be going through the proper way of getting rid of waste."

Contaminated water running down the beck.

The Environment Agency have been contacted for comment.