'River of death': the efforts to clean up one of the UK's most polluted waterways

A serious oil spill last year galvanised local people and environmental organisations to take action to tackle repeated serious pollution incidents affecting the river Lea in east London. Regulators have since changed their approach, but campaigners remain concerned.

by Adam Branson
An oil spill in 2018 turned a stretch of the river Lea black, affecting boaters and the environment. Photograph: London Borough of Hackney
An oil spill in 2018 turned a stretch of the river Lea black, affecting boaters and the environment. Photograph: London Borough of Hackney

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