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Urgent warning to Scots as SECOND beauty spot deemed unsafe after dangerous bacteria …

BUG experts have issued a health warning to swimmers at a second Scots beauty spot, it has emerged.

Boffins at the The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are urging bathers to steer clear of Fisherrow Sands, near Musselburgh, after iffy bacteria was detected.

Fisherrow Sands near Musselburgh is subject to a SEPA 'no swimming' warning

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Fisherrow Sands near Musselburgh is subject to a SEPA ‘no swimming’ warningCredit: Alamy

The warning comes after SEPA flagged a similar problem on the opposite side of the country at Heads of Ayr in Ayrshire.

A routine test at the east coast site indicated a high bacterial result, prompting the advice to avoid going in the water amid fear of a “potential human health risk”.

East Lothian Council and Scottish Water are working with SEPA to monitor the situation” and signs have been erected to highlight the issue.

A spokesperson for SEPA said: “SEPA are aware of a high bacterial result at Fisherrow Sands bathing water.

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“We are currently investigating the cause of this high result and if required we will explore any mitigation measures. Further water samples will be taken from the bathing water to determine any on-going impact.

“SEPA’s electronic sign at Fisherrow Sands has been changed to advise against bathing and paddling. This will remain in place until the water quality returns to a satisfactory level.”

We told how dangerous bacteria was found at the Ayr site close to a popular holiday park which attracts hundreds of visitors every summer.

It is also close to a farm park which has a huge indoor soft play area, animals to visit and a cafe.

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SEPA is probing the result and again working with the local authority as they warned visitors to stay out of the water.

A spokesman said:  “Our officers have attended and are currently investigating the cause of this high result and if required we will explore any mitigation measures.

“Further water samples will be taken from the bathing water to determine any on-going impact.”

A spokesperson for South Ayrshire Council said: “South Ayrshire has a fantastic coastline and the quality of the bathing water is extremely important, with beaches under regular review.

“Although the majority of our beaches are safe for bathing, we will continue to support SEPA with the work they are carrying out to improve standards.”