AN OPERATION to clean the Sussex coast from a mineral oil has been delayed by Adur and Worthing councils due to high winds.
The mineral oil was found over a fortnight ago, and stretched across the coastline from Worthing to Dover.
It is believed the substance is harmful to small children and dogs, and an operation began last Monday to remove it.
The operation has been stopped as the winds from Storm Imogen are too strong for the workers to perform in a safe environment.
A spokesperson for Adur and Worthing councils said: “Our cleaning operation continued over the weekend, with extra operatives brought in, but the weather slowed down expected progress.
“Cleaning has had to be suspended today, due to high winds and will continue first thing tomorrow morning.”
It is not hazardous unless digested, but the public are being warned to keep their children and pets away from the coastline and not to touch solidified particles on the beach.
People are encouraged to report further incidents to the council on 01903 239999 or to the Environment Agency via their 24 hour hotline on 0800 807060.
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