Braintree: Council warns against copycats after fish put in fountain (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree: Council warns against copycats after fish put in fountain
1:00pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
A council has urged people not to follow the lead of a retired taxi driver who left ten goldfish in a town centre fountain.
Les Mizen, 77, put the goldfish in St Michael’s fountain, at the top of Braintree High Street, earlier this month, claiming they were a gift for the town’s children.
But Braintree Council, which removed the fish within 24 hours, has said the chemicals in the fountain mean fish cannot survive in it.
A spokesman said: “Obviously we were looking to re-home the fish, but they died because the water is highly chemicalised.
“We would please ask anyone not to put fish in the water - people might not realise about all the chemicals in there.
“We hope no one thinks this is a good idea and decides to copy what happened before.”
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