Plague kills 50 crayfish

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A PLAGUE is threatening to wipe out Suffolk’s last remaining native crayfish colony.

The Environment Agency found 50 dead and dying crayfish at Chad Brook in Long Melford after being alerted to the problem by residents.

Following investigations, it was confirmed on Monday that they had died of crayfish plague.

Julia Stansfield, technical specialist for the Environment Agency, said: “I was very upset to find that the plague had reached the Chad Brook crayfish. It was great to see them doing so well in their natural environment.

“But we knew that despite everyone’s efforts to prevent the spread of plague, something like this could happen.”