Mercury found on Worthing beach

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A SECTION of Worthing beach has been closed today (Saturday, February 25) after the discovery of mercury.

A man found the mercury while he was out metal-detecting on the beach last night (Friday, February 24).

Tony Lucas, from Worthing Borough Council, said: “He hit something with his metal detector and thought it looked like mercury.

“We went down there and had a look at it and it was. Unfortunately, the tide then came in.

“We’ve been back down today and closed off a small area of the beach to the public and we will deal with it on Monday.”

Mr Lucas said the area of beach closed off was just opposite the toilets by Heene Road, Worthing.

“All we could do today was make it safe for the public,” he said. “We will probably have to get some machinery in to dig out a section of the beach and remove it as hazardous waste.”

He described the mercury, which is not in a container, as like “globules in the pebbles”.

“Where it came from is anybody’s guess,” he said.