THREE of the beaches closest to Worcestershire have been named among the dirtiest in England.

Weston-super-Mare, Uphill Slipway and Sand Bay were scored amongst the worst for water quality in the country.

The new figures released by the Environment Agency showed which beaches in England have the worst water quality in each district.

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Each beach was scored out of ten for its overall water cleanliness, with those in the poor bracket being between 3.5 and 7.23.

Weston-super-Mare's beach was given a mere 4.99 on the cleanliness scale, far below its sister beaches, Uphill Slipway and Sand Bay.

Sand Bay was rated 6.28, and Uphill Slipway was rated 7.23.

Weston-super-Mare also had a high pollution risk of 8.9 out of 10.

The three joined another 21 beaches across England that were rated poor out of the 419 different rated waterside destinations in England. 

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However, Clevedon Beach was rated good for its water cleanliness after being ranked 8.13.

Earlier this year, Which? ranked Weston-super-Mare as one of the lowest in customer satisfaction. 

More than 3,000 visitors rated over 100 UK seaside towns and villages in one of the company's biggest-ever surveys.

The scoring considers beaches, seafront, accommodation, peace and quiet, scenery and value for money.

Weston-super-Mare, which is the closest beach to Worcester, being 66 miles away, was rated 57 per cent in customer satisfaction.

It was rated two stars on its seafront, food and drink, value for money, peace and quiet and shopping and achieved three for its beach, tourist attractions and scenery.