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Members of the public have been warned not to swim at Cullercoats beach on North Tyneside until the water quality improves.
Investigations are continuing into how pollution and foul water has made their way into the sea there.
Since the end of the 2017 bathing water season, the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water and North Tyneside Council have been trying to identify the causes of the localised deterioration of bathing water quality.
Northumbrian Water’s wastewater director Richard Warneford said: “We are very proud of the quality of bathing waters up and down the North East coast and the really strong results at 33 out of our region’s 34 bathing waters back this up.
"So, on the rare occasion when there is a deterioration in quality of the sea water, we do everything we can to rectify that."
The north east bathing water quality generally meets or exceeds standards, with 33 of the region’s 34 bathing waters rated either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ for the 2019 season.
Local businesses on Cullercoats beach are continuing to offer activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.
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