Fears sewage had leaked into a North Wales river have been quashed. Concern spread on social media over the weekend after a white foam-like substance was seen floating down the River Conwy.

Farmers including TV star Gareth Wyn Jones expressed concerns that the material could be sewage, and called for the situation to be investigated. Natural Resources Wales [NRW] has now confirmed an investigation was launched after the matter was reported to them.

They said Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water looked into the issue, and said no sewage spill had taken place. They said the material was most likely algae.

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A spokesperson for NRW told North Wales Live: “We received a report of suspected sewage pollution in the Afon Conwy on Saturday 25 November. Our officers informed Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water who investigated the incident.

"They confirmed to us that the material in the river was not sewage and is most likely algae. Algal blooms are common during the warmer summer months, but can occur in colder condition."

The spokesman added: “We thank the people who reported this to allow us to respond quickly. To report suspected pollution incidents, please call NRW’s 24-hour incident line on 0300 065 3000 or report it online at naturalresources.wales/reportit.”

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