Villagers left reeling by theft just days after fish killed
THIEVES have stolen equipment from a pool just days after thousands of fish were killed at the same spot.
Generators had been set up at Madeley Pool to increase oxygen levels in the water after an unknown contaminant left around 5,000 resident fish dead.
But in the early hours of Saturday morning, one of the generators was taken from the site.
Ralph Parsons, aged 34, from John Offley Road, who is chairman of Madeley Pool Angling Club, said: "After what has happened already, we didn't need this.
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"I don't know why someone would want to take it and we urge them to leave it somewhere where we can find it.
"We have to let nature take its course with regards to the pool and the generators were helping to speed up that process."
On Tuesday morning, residents discovered fish floating on the surface of the water.
Residents used bath tubs and swimming pools to house the fish who were still alive and were rescued. But many more died and the Environment Agency has been carrying out tests to determine the cause.
Councillor Jill Whitmore, a member of Madeley Parish Council, said: "I am disgusted that one of the generators has been stolen.
"We have been monitoring the area while they have been used.
"It must have been taken between midnight and 6am on Saturday."