Castaway Cigarettes Spark Clear Up on Chesil
3:38pm 25th February 2014
Thousands of packets of cigarettes have been washed up on Chesil Beach.
The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) say they've most likely come from the Maersk cargo ship that lost huge containers when they fell overboard in stormy seas last week.
The UK Border Agency is dealing with the issue with assistance from Dorset Police and the MCA.
The clear up has begun between huge diggers that are still roaming the beach pushing up rocks and shingle to repair the flood hit sea defences along Chesil.
Speaking from the scene Wessex FM's Maria Greenwood said she could see loads of cigarette packets washed up right across the beach;
"Hundreds have washed ashore and are strewn across the beach. The Police are keeping a close eye on things down here because it is pretty dangerous with the big diggers moving around replenishing the sea defences."
(Thanks to Geoff Moore, Dorset Media Service for the pic).