THE Canal and River Trust has confirmed that there is a leak in the Middlewich aqueduct in Nantwich Road.

The leak had been spotted by residents shortly after the £3.2 million repair works were completed on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

A spokesperson for the Canal and River Trust said: "There is a leak at the Middlewich aqueduct. It was leaking quite a lot between Christmas and new year but isn’t that bad as of today.

"We have had some leakage here previously, but the draining of the canal for the breach repairs probably dried up the clay in the area and it is taking some time to rack up again.

"Needless to say we’re continuing to monitor it."

The Middlewich branch of the canal reopened on Friday, December 21.