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Dozens of beaches could fail tough new water quality standards

Blackpool tower and beach. Credit: Press Association

The Environment Agency warns dozens of beaches in the North West are at risk of failing tough new standards for water quality.

From next year, more stringent European Union regulations will be brought in for bathing spots around England, and the agency is warning around 40 beaches nationally could fail if action is not taken to tackle pollution ending up in the sea.

They include beaches at Blackpool, St Annes, Southport, St Annes, Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Walney.

If beaches fail on water quality standards under the EU rules, local authorities will have to display a sign advising against swimming.