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Ellie Harrison, the Countryfile presenter, has revealed that her wild swimming spot is polluted as she called for water companies to be forced to clean up any mess they make.
The BBC star, who lives in the Cotswolds, said she swims every Friday with "interesting women" in a spring-fed lake.
However, she complained that waters in the UK are dirtier than the grubbiest swimming pool in a leisure centre, as water companies are allowed to pump raw sewage into rivers.
Writing in the Countryfile magazine, she said: "It's not just raw human faeces. There are invasive species, litter, street and agricultural run-off in the mix.
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