Bathing restrictions have been lifted from East Sands beach.

The restrictions were imposed following dredging work at St Andrews Harbour. Contractors then dumped the salvaged silt, riddled with industrial waste and litter, on the beach.

The move prompted the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to warn bathers to stay out of the water while what waste that had not already been carried out to sea was removed from the shore.

However, confirming that the water is now safe to enter again, a SEPA spokesperson said: “Recent monitoring results have confirmed that bathing water quality is not adversely affected at East Sands and SEPA updated the electronic bathing water signage to reflect that water quality is acceptable for public use.”

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