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Strange substance found on beach


7:31am 28th April 2011
(Updated 7:40am 28th April 2011)

The beach is closed at Hunmanby near Filey.

The substance washed up on the beach is described as white granules of an unknown nature. They have been washed up onto the shoreline along a three-mile stretch of the beach.

Until we have established the nature of the granules and are satisfied that they are not harmful to anyone, the beach will remain closed.

Police officershave shut a three-mile stretch of beach at Hunmanby Gap near Filey.

Police were called by the coastguard on the 27 April, at around 1.45pm after objects were washed up on the shoreline.

As a precaution, the beach has been closed to members of the public and police are asking people to observe the closures until the precise nature of the items has been identified and officers are satisfied there is no longer a health risk.

Police are working with partner agencies including the coastguard, fire service, Environment Agency, Health Protection Agency and Scarborough

The substance is still in the process of being tested.

As the nature of the substance is still unknown, the beach will remain closed overnight as a precautionary measure.

The police cordon will remain in place until the beach can be cleaned tomorrow, to ensure the safety of the public.

Police would like to thank the public for their continued patience and ask that they continue to respect the cordon.


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