A clean up operation is underway on a 15 mile stretch of coastline between Scarborough and Speeton after deposits were washed up onto beaches late yesterday afternoon and overnight.
Andy Skelton, Scarborough Borough Council’s Head of Environmental Services said:
"The substance has been found at Scarborough South Bay, Cornelian Bay, Cayton Bay, and Filey. At this time, it is not known where the oil has come from but the strong easterly winds and heavy sea conditions are thought to have assisted the oil’s journey to the shoreline.
"The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been trying to determine the source of the pollution, including conducting a surveillance flight, and together with the Environment Agency, is arranging for samples of the substance to be tested."
The Borough Council is also warning local surfing groups to stay out of the sea until further notice. They are also putting up warning signs at the beaches to advise the public of the problems.