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Water quality at 70% of UK beaches 'excellent'

15 April 2014 Last updated at 09:43 BST

A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, according to the Marine Conservation Society.

Researchers said the lack of rain caused less pollution to filter down from towns and cities to the coasts.

In its annual Good Beach Guide, published on Tuesday, MCS says 538 of 734 UK beaches tested between May and September 2013 reached the top standard for water quality.

Tim Muffett reports from Stokes Bay in Hampshire. He speaks to Richard Harrington from the Marine Conservation Society about the research.