Warning after palm oil found on beaches
Beach visitors and dog walkers are being advised to be aware of two incidents where what is thought to be palm oil has been found on Northumberland beaches.
Small amounts were found at Newbiggin Bay and Druridge Bay beaches and there have been reports of oil found at other locations across the country.
The palm oil may be seen in a variety of forms, from a scattering of pebble-sized lumps that are white and waxy in appearance, to small pea-sized pieces.
Although it is generally considered to be non-toxic and is an edible fat, elsewhere in the country there have been reports of dogs becoming seriously ill after ingesting the substance. Beach visitors are therefore encouraged to keep their eyes open for it and keep children and dogs away from any deposits.
To date there have been no reports of any animals falling ill in the county.