Hundreds of cigarette packets wash up at Hengistbury Head after winter storms

Cartons of cigarettes have washed up at Hengistbury Head

The cigarettes are believed to be part of a cargo from a beached shipping container which washed up in Devon

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THE fierce storms that have battered Dorset's coastline this winter have washed up hundreds of packets of cigarettes.

Most of the packets, as well as cans of Iams cat food, are littering the shore at Hengistbury Head, with walkers discovering even more at intervals along the pebbled beach.

The cigarettes are covered with Japanese writing.

One man, who alerted the Daily Echo to the beached shipment, said: “I collected about 50 packets, most of them sodden but not all.”

He added: “I enjoyed a free smoke this afternoon.”

It is believed the cigarettes are part of a cargo that washed up on Chesil Beach late last month.

Thousands of packets, part of a cargo from a beached shipping container which washed up at Axmouth, Devon, were found.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency was informed containers were lost from the ship as it crossed the Bay of Biscay in stormy conditions.

A spokesperson from the organisation said they would be working with Dorset Police, the Coastguard and local authorities to collect and secure the cigarettes, and members of the public were advised not to visit the coast in the hope of picking up some free packets.

Around 11 million cigarettes are believed to have been in the shipment.

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5:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

JemBmth says...

Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! JemBmth
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Was going to go but couldn't be fagged!
Was going to go but couldn't be fagged! Turtlebay
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

Shame they weren't players navy cut
Shame they weren't players navy cut alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Tue 4 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

I know smokers are happy to fill their lungs with unnatural filth, but would they *really* dry those out and smoke them?!!
I know smokers are happy to fill their lungs with unnatural filth, but would they *really* dry those out and smoke them?!! we-shall-see
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Tue 4 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

nobath will smoke anything
dried dandelion leaves mainly
nobath will smoke anything dried dandelion leaves mainly nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

9:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Wow what a story. Next they will be reporting on what time the sun set
Wow what a story. Next they will be reporting on what time the sun set hooplaa
  • Score: -2

9:48pm Tue 4 Mar 14

elfinia says...

I loved the story. Cat food and fags....you've got to laugh.
I loved the story. Cat food and fags....you've got to laugh. elfinia
  • Score: 0

5:06am Wed 5 Mar 14

apop3d says...

"...members of the public were advised not to visit the coast in the hope of picking up some free packets."

Oh, so it follows that publishing this story will cause the public to avoid the area. Got it. Thanks for the tip, Echo.
"...members of the public were advised not to visit the coast in the hope of picking up some free packets." Oh, so it follows that publishing this story will cause the public to avoid the area. Got it. Thanks for the tip, Echo. apop3d
  • Score: 4

5:15am Wed 5 Mar 14

apop3d says...

Actually, the warning from the Maritime Coastguard agency should have been placed higher in the article, as by the time most readers got to “I enjoyed a free smoke this afternoon" the only sound that could be heard was newspapers hitting the floor and trainers headed for the door.
Actually, the warning from the Maritime Coastguard agency should have been placed higher in the article, as by the time most readers got to “I enjoyed a free smoke this afternoon" the only sound that could be heard was newspapers hitting the floor and trainers headed for the door. apop3d
  • Score: 11

1:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Dorset Logic says...

I think some of the lighter pebbles got washed up as well.
I think some of the lighter pebbles got washed up as well. Dorset Logic
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"One man, who alerted the Daily Echo to the beached shipment, said: “I collected about 50 packets, most of them sodden but not all.”
He added: “I enjoyed a free smoke this afternoon.”

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It won't be free chummy. You'll pay in the future with a dose of lung or throat cancer and then with your life and the tax payer will have to fund it. There is no such thing as free.
"One man, who alerted the Daily Echo to the beached shipment, said: “I collected about 50 packets, most of them sodden but not all.” He added: “I enjoyed a free smoke this afternoon.” ------------- It won't be free chummy. You'll pay in the future with a dose of lung or throat cancer and then with your life and the tax payer will have to fund it. There is no such thing as free. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -3

4:22pm Wed 5 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

All the stuff on the beach is the property of the Receiver of Wreck, so anything found is supposed to be reported to them within 28 days.
All the stuff on the beach is the property of the Receiver of Wreck, so anything found is supposed to be reported to them within 28 days. speedy231278
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

Not in the same league as the crates of top of the range motors and motor cycles that washed up in crates along the Devon-Cornish Coast a few years ago.....
Not in the same league as the crates of top of the range motors and motor cycles that washed up in crates along the Devon-Cornish Coast a few years ago..... O'Reilly
  • Score: 4

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