SWIMMERS ADVISED TO NOT ENTER THE WATER

SWIMMERS have been advised not to go into the water at some of North Down’s most popular beaches. 

A water pollution investigation has been launched by the Department of Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, after the beaches at Ballyholme and Brompton, in Bangor, Donaghadee Harbour and Crawfordsburn all failed water quality tests. 

Ards and North Down Council, which manages Ballyholme, Brompton and Donaghadee, has announced that signs have been erected advising members of the public not to swim at the beaches. 

The beach at Crawfordsburn is not managed by the council. 

“Signage has been erected advising members of the public not to swim in the affected areas and our Environmental Health section will review the situation and update signage after further water samples have been taken and analysed,” said a council spokesman.