27 August 2017

Latest on chemical haze along East Sussex coastline as at 9pm 27 August 2017

Latest reports about a 'haze' that is causing discomfort for people along the coast from Eastbourne to Birling Gap is that it is currently drifting east, away from Brighton & Hove.

The 'haze' has prompted emergency services to warn people to stay away from the beaches and to keep doors and windows closed if living near the coast.

The first report came from Birling Gap just before 5pm on Sunday (August 27) where up to 50 people had been affected by irritation to eyes and throats.

This seems to have been caused by an unknown haze coming in from the sea, but the source has not yet been established. People living along the coast in the area have been advised to keep doors and windows shut and to move away from the Birling Gap area in particular.  Medical advice is to rinse eyes if they feel irritated and drink water.

Please follow Sussex Police @sussex_police and the Fire Service's @EastSussexFRS twitter feed for further information.