Police warn beachcombers not to pick up cigarettes washed ashore after storms

Police warn beachcombers not to pick up cigarettes washed ashore after storms

DISCOVERY: Waterlogged packets of cigarettes

SODDEN: The cigarettes are badly damaged

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POLICE have urged walkers not to pick up cigarette packets washed ashore on Dorset’s coastlines after the fierce winter storms.

As reported in the Daily Echo, hundreds of packets – as well as bags of Iams cat food – are currently littering the shore at Hengistbury Head.

The packs, which are covered with Japanese writing, are believed to be part of a cargo lost from the Svenborg Maersk container ship during storms in the Bay of Biscay last month.

Packets of tea, feta cheese and olives are also among items washed up along the county’s coastline.

A container door was also discovered washed ashore in Bournemouth by volunteer clean-up teams on Tuesday.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “The majority of the cargo that washed up on Chesil beach last week had been badly damaged and was beyond use.

“It remains the property of the cargo owners.

“Dorset Police’s main priority is the safety of the public. Over the past few weeks, in many of Dorset’s coastal areas landslips have remained a real risk and people should not put themselves at increased danger.”

The Dorset Waste Partnership has already collected 8-10 tonnes of litter from Chesil Beach.

The partnership is working with landowners, volunteers and other agencies to co-ordinate the clean-up effort, the cost of which is being covered by the loss adjustor for the container ship.

Volunteer beach cleaning efforts are taking place at Hengistbury Head on Saturday, March 15 and on Wednesday, April 2. The Great Dorset Beach Clean is on Sunday, April 27.

Anyone finding or taking washed up property should inform the receiver of wreck.

Visit dft.gov.uk/mca for more information.

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7:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

You told us this 3 days ago and no one cared so why just repeat it? Shortage on news? http://www.bournemou
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You told us this 3 days ago and no one cared so why just repeat it? Shortage on news? http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/NEWS/11 062598.Walkers_urged _not_to_pick_up_ciga rette_packets_washed _up_at_Hengistbury_H ead/?ref=rss hooplaa
  • Score: 6

7:48am Mon 10 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

Its dragging on, a bit of a fag to keep reading it.
Its dragging on, a bit of a fag to keep reading it. Lord Spring
  • Score: 9

7:53am Mon 10 Mar 14

Jetwasher says...

Hahaha what a headline, save it for april 1st
Hahaha what a headline, save it for april 1st Jetwasher
  • Score: 5

8:22am Mon 10 Mar 14

Adrian XX says...

The packs of cheese are not feta but rather "apetina", a white cow cheese from denmark that looks a bit like feta but whose taste bears no resemblance to it.
I haven't tried any from the beach myself but I have a feeling that it would taste better having floated at sea for a few days than in its fresh state. Has anyone smoked one of the fags?
The packs of cheese are not feta but rather "apetina", a white cow cheese from denmark that looks a bit like feta but whose taste bears no resemblance to it. I haven't tried any from the beach myself but I have a feeling that it would taste better having floated at sea for a few days than in its fresh state. Has anyone smoked one of the fags? Adrian XX
  • Score: 6

8:31am Mon 10 Mar 14

canfordcherry says...

You can keep all the goods, if the door is ashore all I need now is the container itself. Could do with some extra storage!
You can keep all the goods, if the door is ashore all I need now is the container itself. Could do with some extra storage! canfordcherry
  • Score: 5

8:44am Mon 10 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

Adrian XX wrote:
The packs of cheese are not feta but rather "apetina", a white cow cheese from denmark that looks a bit like feta but whose taste bears no resemblance to it.
I haven't tried any from the beach myself but I have a feeling that it would taste better having floated at sea for a few days than in its fresh state. Has anyone smoked one of the fags?
I heard 10 spliffs aday nobath was the first one down there with a shopping trolley,
heard he was tanked up too.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: The packs of cheese are not feta but rather "apetina", a white cow cheese from denmark that looks a bit like feta but whose taste bears no resemblance to it. I haven't tried any from the beach myself but I have a feeling that it would taste better having floated at sea for a few days than in its fresh state. Has anyone smoked one of the fags?[/p][/quote]I heard 10 spliffs aday nobath was the first one down there with a shopping trolley, heard he was tanked up too. nickynoodah
  • Score: -8

9:14am Mon 10 Mar 14

Professor Zaroff says...

I recall this happened before when I was a kid in the 70's. Huge number in fags (many still in big blocks) were washed up at Kimmeridge. I have wondered whether those cigarettes were from a legitimate or smuggler's boat.
I recall this happened before when I was a kid in the 70's. Huge number in fags (many still in big blocks) were washed up at Kimmeridge. I have wondered whether those cigarettes were from a legitimate or smuggler's boat. Professor Zaroff
  • Score: 2

10:06am Mon 10 Mar 14

Mamma Troll says...

i thought if it washed up on the beach, between low an hight tide any one could have it and the owners, well bad luck matey!.
i thought if it washed up on the beach, between low an hight tide any one could have it and the owners, well bad luck matey!. Mamma Troll
  • Score: 0

10:29am Mon 10 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Wouldn't like to deprive the government of tobacco revenue now would we, even though they emphasise the need to stop smoking.
Wouldn't like to deprive the government of tobacco revenue now would we, even though they emphasise the need to stop smoking. Hessenford
  • Score: 3

10:38am Mon 10 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

Mamma Troll wrote:
i thought if it washed up on the beach, between low an hight tide any one could have it and the owners, well bad luck matey!.
Nope, picking up flotsam and jetsam isn't against the law but anything you pick up you should declare, you'll probably get to keep it as its probably ruined by the water or offered a reward but if you don't declare it you could face a £2500 fine and you may have to repay double its value back to the owner.

The police are probably warning people away because the fags aren't all waterlogged and are maybe sealed and they don't want people flogging them down the pub and the gov missing out on their tax cut?
[quote][p][bold]Mamma Troll[/bold] wrote: i thought if it washed up on the beach, between low an hight tide any one could have it and the owners, well bad luck matey!.[/p][/quote]Nope, picking up flotsam and jetsam isn't against the law but anything you pick up you should declare, you'll probably get to keep it as its probably ruined by the water or offered a reward but if you don't declare it you could face a £2500 fine and you may have to repay double its value back to the owner. The police are probably warning people away because the fags aren't all waterlogged and are maybe sealed and they don't want people flogging them down the pub and the gov missing out on their tax cut? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -2

10:39am Mon 10 Mar 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Nickynoodah got confused by the Japanese writing on the packets, smoked the cat food and the mog ate the fags!!
Nickynoodah got confused by the Japanese writing on the packets, smoked the cat food and the mog ate the fags!! Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Buddles says...

Came across quite a few sealed packets of Marlboro and Virginia Slims on Highcliffe beach on Saturday. They were completely waterlogged......I don't smoke anyway!
Came across quite a few sealed packets of Marlboro and Virginia Slims on Highcliffe beach on Saturday. They were completely waterlogged......I don't smoke anyway! Buddles
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Redgolfer says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Its dragging on, a bit of a fag to keep reading it.
All these comments are going up in smoke.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Its dragging on, a bit of a fag to keep reading it.[/p][/quote]All these comments are going up in smoke. Redgolfer
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

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Dawg end of the story...........ZZzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzz O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

7:05am Tue 11 Mar 14

Phixer says...

“It remains the property of the cargo owners."

Ok, so I'll collect the fags and charge the owners with salvage costs. And I'll expect our beloved public police service to charge the owners with littering.
“It remains the property of the cargo owners." Ok, so I'll collect the fags and charge the owners with salvage costs. And I'll expect our beloved public police service to charge the owners with littering. Phixer
  • Score: 1

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