A popular stretch of the English seaside is at the centre of a nuclear leak drama after traces of deadly radioactive materials were found on the beach. Southwold on the Suffolk coast is nicknamed Hampstead-on-Sea due to all the celebrities who flock there for their holidays, often buying second homes in the area. It is feared that the radioactive material detected on the beach may be linked to the Sizewell A nuclear plant which is located along the Suffolk coastline and is in the process of being decommissioned at a cost of £1.2 billion after shutting down ten years ago. In April, scientists monitoring the area around Sizewell revealed that a ‘small amount’ of a particularly dangerous and ‘unusual’ radioactive isotope had been found at Aldeburgh, 18 miles from Southwold. Caesium – a metal used in medical applications, industrial gauges, and hydrology, and said to be ‘mildly toxic’ – had been found at Southwold. ‘It was a very small amount and could be to do with tide patterns,’ he said.
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