Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beach Closed to Public after Oil Is Found on Sand

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beach Closed to Public after Oil Is Found on Sand

Article excerpt

A STRETCH of Northumberland coastline has been closed to the public while tests are carried out to solve a pollution puzzle.

Warning signs have been put up, public access points closed and coastal warden patrols put in place along Cambois beach near Bedlington following the discovery of an unidentified oily substance on Wednesday.

Wansbeck District Council closed the beach between Cambois and North Blyth as a precaution, after a member of the public reported oily globules on the sand.

There has been one unconfirmed report that a dog became ill after coming into contact with the substance, but the council stressed last night there is no evidence of any risk to public health.

Scientists from the Environment Agency took samples of the pollution yesterday and are carrying out laboratory analysis in a bid to establish what it is and where it came from.

Last night, Wansbeck Council said the beach will not re-open for public use until the agency has confirmed that it is safe. …

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