VISITORS to Fisherrow Sands are being urged to keep out of the water after “a high bacterial result”.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has carried out analysis on routine samples taken at the Musselburgh site.

Signs have been put up advising the public to keep out of the water as it has the potential to impact on health.

A spokesperson for the national organisation advised against both bathing and paddling while the investigation was being carried out.

SEPA are working alongside East Lothian Council and Scottish Water to monitor the situation.

A spokesperson for SEPA said: “SEPA are aware of a high bacterial result at Fisherrow Sands bathing water.

“We are currently investigating the cause of this high result and if required we will explore any mitigation measures.

“Further water samples will be taken from the bathing water to determine any on-going impact.

“SEPA’s electronic sign at Fisherrow Sands has been changed to advise against bathing and paddling.

“This will remain in place until the water quality returns to a satisfactory level.”