Three new warnings over pollution at beaches in Cornwall and Devon

Three new warnings about the risk of pollution have been issued for beaches in Devon and Cornwall.

The pollution risk forecasts issued by the Environment Agency indicate there is an increased risk of pollution due to weather and other predictable factors.

The warnings for Summerleaze in Bude, Cornwall, and Shaldon and Combe Martin in Devon will remain in place until midnight and the forecasts are rerun every morning.

It comes after 58 of 96 beaches across the two counties had active alerts put on them since yesterday – a total of 60.4 per cent of all the beaches.

A spokesman for Surfers Against Sewage said this was caused by a 13 combined sewer outflow alerts and 46 pollution risk forecasts.

“Today just three pollution risk forecasts were issued for the area, but 14 new combined sewer overflow alerts have been triggered since 5pm yesterday,” says the spokesman.

Surfers Against Sewage have a dedicated service where you can keep up-to-date using an interactive map here, which enables you to check the water quality at all beaches.

“The newly redeveloped Safer Seas Service has empowered water users by equipping with this information as it happens in real-time at their local beach, and enabled them to make informed decisions as to whether it’s safe to enter the sea.”

The new combined sewer overflow alerts since 5pm Tuesday are for:


Dawlish (town)

Salcombe South


Combe Martin

Dawlish (Coryton)

Budleigh Salterton

Woolacombe (village)



Long Rock

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