Beaches lose Blue Flag status

Three popular beaches in North Wales have lost their Blue Flag status after failing water quality tests.

The Environment Agency has checked water at Llandudno West Shore, Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan and says it's not complied with the stringent standards.

Keep Wales Tidy say the beaches themselves are still clean and the water quality is out of the control of those looking after the coastline.

A spokesman for Keep Wales Tidy said:

"It's disappointing that the three beaches have been forced to remove their flags. However, the public can be assured that all land based criteria are being met. Conwy County Council will have put in a lot of time and effort into raising standards at their beaches and it will no doubt be a blow for them that the beaches have lost their Blue Flag status for reasons beyond their control."