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Locals told not to swim at beaches after pollution incident

North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches. Credit: ITV News

Following a pollution incident over the weekend, North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches.

Wessex Water have been carrying out repair work on a sewage pipe that was leaking underneath the River Axe.

We have been carrying out emergency repairs during the weekend to a sewerage pipe that was leaking under the River Axe.

We immediately stopped the flow to prevent sewage entering the river and met with the Environment Agency on site.

As a precautionary measure, and to check any effect on the environment, our scientific team took samples from the river and beach which are being analysed. The results will be given to the Environment Agency.

Tankers were used to maintain sewerage services during the weekend. Temporary pipework is now in place over the River Axe and work is under way to permanently fix the damaged pipe.

We apologise to any local people who may have noticed extra traffic movement in the area during the weekend while we were carrying out the emergency repairs.

– Wessex Water spokesperson

Motorcyclist dies in crash on A370

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A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Weston-super-Mare. Police were called to the scene where a car and motorbike had collided just after 2pm yesterday afternoon. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Flowerdown Bridge A370 was closed for several hours while the emergency services attended.

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