Deposits of rancid fat found on Gower beaches

LUMPS of rancid fat have washed up on beaches in Porthcawl and Gower, say environmental experts.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) issued a warning on Friday after deposits were spotted at Ogmore.

Now the fat appears to be heading westward, and has this morning turned up in Southerndown, Porthcawl, Oxwich and Llangennith.

Dog owners are being advised to keep pets away from the gooey substance, following reports that a number of animals had become ill after eating it.

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It is believed the deposits are rancid, degraded vegetable oil which may have been washed into the Bristol Channel after the recent stormy weather – similar deposits have been reported on the Cornish coast.

The Welsh environmental watchdog has collected samples for analysis, with the results expected early next week.

A spokesman for NRW said: “Dog owners are advised to be extra vigilant as their pets are particularly attracted to this type of waste.”

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