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A SUS­PECTED chem­i­cal leak left more than 150 beach­go­ers with itchy eyes and sore throats in East Sus­sex last week­end.

The mys­te­ri­ous ‘mist’, which came in from the sea on Sun­day (27 Au­gust), re­sulted in Bir­ling Gap (pic­tured above) be­ing evac­u­ated over the hot bank holiday week­end. Lots of peo­ple re­ported ex­pe­ri­enc­ing itchy eyes, sore throats and even breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties af­ter the mist ap­peared. Nearby beaches were soon closed.

Those liv­ing nearby were ad­vised to keep win­dows and doors shut for their safety.

By Mon­day (28 Au­gust) morn­ing, the mist ap­peared to have cleared and beaches in the area were re­opened.

As First News went to press, Sus­sex Po­lice were still un­sure what ex­actly caused the strange “chem­i­cal haze”.

The cause was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated but po­lice said the mist was an “iso­lated in­ci­dent” and that it was “not ex­pected to re­cur (hap­pen again)”. Weird!

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