Brits told to avoid 83 beaches including UKs best due to massive sewage leaks

Brits have been told to avoid 83 beaches across the country due to sewage leaking into the water after heavy rainfall in recent days.

The rainfall has caused waste water to be discharged into the sea, rendering it unsafe for swimming, according to swimming charity Surfers Against Sewage.

A warning from the charity said: "A large, 3km stretch of sand backed by a promenade, gardens and the town with timber groynes found along its length.

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"Gorleston-on-Sea became popular in Edwardian times and is still a busy seaside resort. A number of sewer overflows discharge into the River Yare that flows to the sea at the northern end of the beach."

The Mirror reported that an alert has even been applied to Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, which was last month named by Tripadvisor as the best beach in the UK.

Other popular tourist destinations affected by the warnings include Brighton, Scarborough, Blackpool and Whitstable.

In just one year, England and Wales’ waterways had sewage pumped into them for at least 3.4million hours, according to recent figures analysed by Top of the Poops.

The River Severn was the most polluted river and had seen 28,741 hours of sewage pumped into it on 2,656 occasions by Severn Trent Water.

The Environment Agency has been been approached for comment on the latest sewage leaks.

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Full list of beaches currently under sewage pollution alert

  • Dhoon Bay
  • Spittal
  • Warkworth
  • Amble Links
  • Druridge Bay North
  • Druridge Bay South
  • Blyth South Beach
  • Tynemouth Cullercoats
  • Seaham Hall Beach
  • Seaham Beach
  • Seaton Carew North
  • Redcar Coatham
  • Redcar Granville
  • Redcar Stray
  • Marske Sands
  • Saltburn
  • Whitby
  • Scarborough North Bay
  • Scarborough South Bay
  • Bridlington South Beach
  • Heacham
  • Gorleston Beach
  • Southend Three Shells
  • Southend Jubilee Beach
  • Sheerness Canterbury
  • Minster Leas
  • Leysdown
  • West Beach, Whitstable
  • Tankerton
  • Herne Bay Central
  • Herne Bay
  • Sandgate
  • Hythe
  • St Marys Bay (Kent)
  • St Leonards
  • Bexhill
  • Normans Bay
  • Pevensey Bay
  • Seaford
  • Saltdean
  • Brighton Kemptown
  • Brighton Central – Brighton
  • Hove Lawn
  • Littlehampton
  • Bognor Regis East
  • Bognor Regis (Aldwick)
  • Pagham
  • Langstone Harbour
  • Eastney
  • Southsea East
  • Stokes Bay
  • Ryde
  • Seagrove
  • St Helens
  • Bembridge
  • Whitecliff Bay
  • Yaverland
  • Sandown
  • Shanklin
  • Lee-on-Solent
  • Hillhead
  • Cowes
  • Gurnard
  • Colwell Bay
  • Totland Bay
  • Pentewan
  • Dunster North West
  • Weston Main
  • Weston-super-Mare Sand Bay
  • Wharfe at Cromwheel – Ilkley Bathing Water
  • Southport
  • St Annes
  • St Annes North
  • Blackpool South
  • Blackpool Central
  • Blackpool North
  • Bispham
  • Cleveleys
  • Fleetwood
  • Morecambe North
  • Walney Biggar Bank
  • Walney Sandy Gap
  • Walney West Shore


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