Children sickened after running into ‘poo’ on Huttoft beach

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This is the terrifying moment kids frolic on a beach unaware they’re stepping into ‘poop’.

Emma Oldham, 33, had planned to spend the day at Huttoft Beach, Lincolnshire, with her three children on Saturday, but cut short their visit when she realized she was ankle-deep in what she thought was human waste.

The biologist revealed that two of her daughters are now unwell and have stomach aches after posting videos of the brown foamy water and her children leaving muddy footprints in the sand.

He said “heaps of squishy faeces” had been left all over the beach and there was a strong stench.

Once the mother realized “what it was” she pulled her children out of the water, but it left “dirty stains” on their feet, legs and hands and their clothes “stank”.

Anglian Water said they carried out a check and found no sewage in the water or on the beach.

“We have thoroughly inspected the area,” a Metro spokesman said. “The image in the post is seaweed, which is a natural phenomenon, completely unrelated to sewage.

“To be clear, we do not have storm surges along the sea front in this area.”

A mum claimed she and her children were left ill after paddling in the sea at Huttoft Beach.  Emma Oldham, 33, and her husband took their three children camping in Lincolnshire and decided to spend one of the days on the beach at Hattoft.  Mrs Oldham had many fond memories of the tourist spot as she had been going there for most of her life and even decided to bring two other families along.

The children were ordered off the beach but fell ill after coming into contact with the substance (Image: Emma Oldham)

The Environment Agency also said it had not been alerted to incidents of pollution at Huttoft Beach.

But Mrs Oldham disputed the findings, telling Metro: “I’ve been working as a conservation biologist for over a decade and I’ve seen a lot of algal blooms – especially in Cornwall. Algal blooms tend to feel slimy, cold and frothy.

“What I felt on my skin was grainy and warm. When you removed it from your skin, it left a brown stain stain.

“It definitely felt, looked and smelled like poo. Our clothes smelled awful after only being in the water for a few minutes, and I couldn’t find the stench under my fingernails for three days.

A mum claimed she and her children were left ill after paddling in the sea at Huttoft Beach.  Emma Oldham, 33, and her husband took their three children camping in Lincolnshire and decided to spend one of the days on the beach at Hattoft.  Mrs Oldham had many fond memories of the tourist spot as she had been going there for most of her life and even decided to bring two other families along.

The brown substance left ‘wicked stains’ on children’s feet (Image: Emma Oldham)

“What type of fertilizer it was is unknown – could it be raw sewage? Discharge from ship or discharge from animal waste? Needs investigation as three of us were poorly turned out.

The incident comes amid growing outrage over the dumping of sewage into the country’s rivers and coastal waters.

Water companies have been criticized for not investing in sewage infrastructure, with calls for action growing louder by the day.

According to Lib Dem analysis published last month, more than 1,800 sewage monitoring devices did not work for at least 90% of the time, while screens were not installed during 1,717 storm overflows.

Overall, 24% of sewage discharges went unmonitored last year, it said.

Children get sick after running into the

The brown foamy water had a strong ‘poop’ smell (Image: Emma Oldham)

It named Anglian Water as having the highest failure rate, with 49% of all its sewage discharges unmetered due to faulty or uninstalled screens.

Ministers recently outlined plans to tackle leaks by requiring utilities to invest £56 billion over 25 years to combat the effects of overflows.

The Green Party’s Caroline Lucas said last week: “Literally slot machines are being poured into our rivers and seas. The state of the water network is a national scandal and the government has completely failed to take action.

“Every sewer company across England and Wales has missed their targets for tackling water pollution and sewage flooding. And the incompetent regulator Ofwat has let these companies off the hook for years, acting more as a mouthpiece than a regulator.

“The Secretary of State outlined a plan to reduce storm runoff last month – yet this plan appears to allow water companies to legally discharge sewage for at least the next 28 years, until 2050. How is that an appropriate solution?”

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