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Tankerton and Herne Bay beach pollution warning issued urging people not to swim in sea

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Original article from Kent Live

People are being warned not to enter the sea between Tankerton and Herne Bay because of a pollution incident in Swalecliffe.

Canterbury City Council says an incident in the Brook Road sewer overflow took place from 3.03pm to 7.19pm yesterday (August 6), which has polluted the sea water.

Pollution incidents have become more common in recent weeks due to the stormy weather.

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Flooding has hit many areas across Kent, with recent pictures showing cars submerged in Faversham after a heavy downpour.

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The Canterbury City Council statement reads: "We're advising people not to enter the sea from Tankerton to Studd Hill this weekend following a pollution incident involving the Southern Water Brook Road combined sewer overflow in Swalecliffe which took place from 3.03pm to 7.19pm yesterday.

"We're monitoring the area."

Surfers Against Sewage has also issued a similar warning advising people not to enter the water in Tankerton.

Their advice states: "There is a sewer overflow discharging directly onto the beach and another a little to the west that may affect the bathing water quality at Tankerton."

The organisation has also released a warning against entering the sea at Herne Bay Central beach.

"There are two sewer overflows that discharge into this bathing water; one discharges 600m offshore while the other is inland and discharges into a stream at the eastern end of the bathing water," a warning on their website reads.

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