Sewage warning issued for Folkestone beach as swimmers urged to stay away

A pollution warning has been issued for Folkestone beach following reports of a sewage overflow. The government’s department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) has advised against bathing, with the alert set to be in place until tomorrow (August 13).

It has also emerged a sample was taken from the water by Defra officials on August 1. The update reads: “Bathing is not advised, due to pollution from sewage.” Surfers Against Sewage has also issued an update stating there has been discharge from two sewer overflows via an outfall pipe located 700m offshore.

“Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality,” the notification reads. “Located at the Northern end of Hythe Bay, Folkestone is a sand and gravel resort beach, approximately 200m wide enclosed within chalk cliffs. Two sewer overflows discharge via an outfall pipe approximately 700 metres offshore.”

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