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Safety advice on the beach

Dog walkers are reminded to take extra care when visiting the coast following further reports of palm oil and the ongoing risk from Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

We are continuing to receive reports of palm oil along the Suffolk coastline and whilst it is not toxic, it can cause illness in animals if ingested in quantity. Palm oil can be reported by calling 01502 527100, supplying an exact location.

Dog owners are also reminded to take precautions against Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), a naturally occurring marine biotoxin, after a small number of pet deaths in the region. There is no risk to people or pets from the seawater - the only risk is from ingesting PSP-contaminated animals found on the beach.

Dog walkers are advised to take precautions to prevent their pets from eating anything found on the beach. This may include keeping dogs under close control, on leads or muzzled if considered appropriate, while walking along the coast.

Additionally, following recent bad weather and the potential for coastal erosion, those visiting the beach are asked to take extra care when walking on or below the cliffs.