Invasive American signal crayfish dumped at Somerby waste site

Live and dead crayfish which were dumped at Leicestershire County Council's Somerby waste site were removed by RSPCA officials today (Tuesday) EMN-150623-143648001

Live and dead crayfish which were dumped at Leicestershire County Council's Somerby waste site were removed by RSPCA officials today (Tuesday) EMN-150623-143648001

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An invasive species of crayfish, alive and dead, were found dumped at a council-run waste site in Somerby.

A man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he went to the tip at around noon on Monday to get rid of some tree benches when he noticed an area had been coned off.

It turned out that alive and dead American Signal crayfish, some in buckets, had been dumped there.

These crayfish are regarded as an invasive species which drives out native crayfish from local streams and rivers. Some experts say the species has posed a threat to the environment since they were introduced by the Government in 1976.

A County Hall spokesman said: “Our waste contractors became aware that live and dead crayfish had been dumped at our Somerby site. The RSPCA was notified and removed the crayfish today (Tuesday).”

More to follow.