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Hundreds of fish found dead by frozen lake
Dead fish under ice
As the ice thinned, more dead fish could be seen below its surface

Hundreds of fish have been found dead at a frozen lake in north Staffordshire.

The small lake at Park Hall Country Park near Longton in Stoke-on-Trent is stocked with fish, including carp, for use by anglers.

It is believed that the fish were starved of oxygen under the ice-sheet covering the water surface.

There is dispute over whether the ice should have been broken to save the fish.

The discovery was first made in the last days of December 2010.

Breaking ice

A regular walker in the country park, John Thorley, told BBC Radio Stoke he was unhappy about the way the incident had been handled.

"I'm very distressed at the loss of wildlife. I think the ice should have been broken earlier to save them," said Mr Thorley.

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which manages the pools across the area with the Environment Agency, said it was one of a number of reports of fish which have struggled because of the cold.

A council spokesperson maintained they are unable to move the fish until the pool has thawed out. It is hoped the pool will thaw out enough in the next week to make that possible.

The council has promised the pool will be restocked.

Dead fish under ice
Some of the dead fish were caught in the ice itself




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