THURROCK has been named as one of the worst places in the UK for air pollution.
Some 47 towns and cities across the UK are at or have exceeded air pollution limits set by the World Health Organisation, a new report has found.
The data shows 32 areas (including Gibraltar) have fine particle air pollution levels above 10 micrograms per cubic metre, with the remaining 15 at that limit.
The borough of Thurrock is rated joint third in the UK with air pollution levels recorded at 14 microgrammes per cubic metre. Grays is highlighted at 12 microgrammes, while Stanford-le-Hope is identified separately as a town ‘at the limit with ten.
Port Talbot is the worst in the country with 18 micrograms per cubic metre, with the next most polluted being Scunthorpe and Salford on 15 micrograms.
Dirty air can cause debilitating diseases and hasten death says the report which adds that fine air particle pollution is particularly dangerous, penetrating deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory infections.
The 32 UK places (and Gibraltar) that exceeded the limit of 10 micrograms per cubic metre:
Port Talbot: 18 micrograms per cubic metre
Royal Leamington Spa: 12
The 15 towns that are at the limit: